Bad Parent or Bad Cops?


When Ruth Ball's four-year-old daughter Leigha threw a tantrum in a shop, she reprimanded her, then took her out and put her in the car to calm down. After her daughter quieted down, she drove off. The following day, a police officer came to Ball's home in Luton, England, and advised her that she should not shout at her daughter and take her off. The officer said such behavior was inappropriate in light of the disappearance of a three-year-old British girl during a family holiday in Portugal in May. "We received a call from a member of the public concerned for the safety of a young girl she had seen being put into a car," said a spokesman for the Bedfordshire Police Department.