File this under absolutely mind-boggling and terrifying things that a parent should never have to worry about. A mom from New York named Ashley Bradley took to social media on July 18 to share the details of a disturbing encounter with a fake CPS worker. She had just put her son down for a nap when a woman she didn't know knocked on the door.
The stranger told Bradley that she was with Delaware County Child Protective Services and was there to remove her 9-month-old, Ja'vonni, from Bradley's care. "At first, I was so mad and hurt, I wasn’t thinking right," Bradley wrote on Facebook. "But [then] I realized that she 1. Didn't have a state issued badge, 2. My son's name was spelled wrong on the folder she had in her hand and 3. I have no cps cases so they would not have been coming to my house."
Thankfully, her instincts lead her to asking the woman for proof of her purported identity. Immediately, she "got an attitude and stated, 'I just told you who I am,'" according to Bradley. "I then told her I was going to call the police and went to get my phone. She was standing on my porch, as I would not let her into my home. When I walked back out into my living room from getting my phone, she was walking very fast around the corner of my house."
Of course, Bradley immediately went to check on her son, who was safe in their home. She shared on both Facebook and Love What Matters, "I contacted the police. My son is going to stay with someone safe for a few days until I can get my house set up to where ‘if’ someone attempts to come in and take my child they will leave in a body bag! The Officer said people come from different countries and states, kidnap kids and then traffic them. It does not matter the age."
This isn't the first incident of this kind to make headlines lately. Just days before Bradley's encounter, a man in Texas posed as a CPS worker and tried to take three children, but their father was armed and scared the man off by firing four rounds into the floor. And around the same time, a woman and two men in Delaware were accused of posing as CPS caseworkers.
With hope, these disturbing stories will serve to warn other parents and encourage them to follow Bradley's lead. Clearly, every parent would do well to trust their instincts and—if they find themselves in Bradley's position—report the encounter to authorities.