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Nothing terrifies parents more than the thought of calamity befalling their children. Kids are our hopes, our dreams, our future. More than that, helpless and trusting things that they are, they look to their mommies and daddies to protect them from all the evil in the world. Parents' greatest fear has to be that someday they'll drop their guard just long enough to leave their youngsters vulnerable to the wrong people.
Parents worry about madmen on the loose and about the "responsible" people they leave their kids with for an hour or two. No parents can watch over their children 24 hours a day, hence the underlying anxiety in the following legends.
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Venomous snakes lurk in the ball pits of fast food restaurants. *
Kidnappers abduct children from amusement parks by cutting and dying their victims' hair.
Babysitter on drug trip mistakes infant for a turkey and cooks it in the oven. *
Schoolchildren are given cartoon character tattoos laced with LSD. *
Drug dealers smuggle cocaine into the USA in the hollowed-out bodies of babies. *
Pins, needles, and razor blades have been found in Halloween treats. *
Madmen randomly put poison in Halloween candy. *
Red Cross blood drive reveals 20% of high school donors are HIV-positive.
Little boy dies after being pricked by heroin-filled syringe in playground ball pit.
Gang lures a little boy into a washroom and cuts off his penis.
Policeman cyberstalks a young girl to show her how information could be used to find her.
Child takes mother's exaggerated warning to younger sibling literally and acts on it.
Sitter dies while parents are on vacation; dead baby discovered weeks later strapped in his high chair.
Babysitter quiets her charges by gassing them.
Baby left in car by forgetful parent dies.
Child drowns after jumping into the ocean to see SpongeBob SquarePants.
Enraged father punishes 3-year-old by smashing his fingers, then commits suicide out of remorse.
Child falls on knife in open dishwasher and dies.
Death of an infant in an auto accident led to the invention of " Baby on Board" signs.
Child suffocates playing " Chubby Bunny," a marshmallow-stuffing game.
Father foils attempted abduction at a Blockbuster store of North Texas child.
Mexican woman attempts to abducts tot from store in Tupelo, MS.
Baby left on bed smothered under coats left by guests.
Parents of murdered Virginia Tech co-ed unthinkingly back over other child on way to airport.
Children suffer injuries on escalators because of their shoes.
Box left in middle of the road contains infant.
An infant suffered debilitating respiration problems after aspirating
A child injured his arm through extended wearing of Silly Bandz.
Returning soldier discovers his wife has died and the kids starved to death.
Razor blade discovered in child's " footies" (footed pajamas) injures baby.
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