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So, you've arrived at the public library just right after it's opened for the day. You settle down and begin using your laptop, minding your own business and doing your work. Fifteen minutes later, a child of 10 years approaches you and asks you to read to him (giving you a book in the process). You're momentarily surprised before saying "Oh, what the hell - why not?" You read to him for about 15 minutes, before wondering where his parents are. But in that fifteen minutes, he's grown so attached to you that he doesn't want to leave you/want you to leave him. He also starts calling you "Dad". You ask him his name - he says "Angus". You realise that that's the name from a book character. You ask him for his real name - he says "I don't know" repeatedly. You ask him where his parents are/who they are, he says "He doesn't know". Whenever you ask him these types of questions, he always looks sad and confused and looks like he genuinely doesn't know.
So, you alert the library authorities who then of course promptly call the cops/social services. Except the child doesn't want to leave you - and when they try to take him, he bursts out crying and throws an almighty tantrum and says that you're his dad. The cops try to search databases and alert the public, but he's not on any database and nobody has reported a missing child in the area.
Originally posted by watchitburn
reply to post by HomoSapiensSapiens
A 10 year old kid acting in that manner obviously has psychological/emotional problems and is in need of treatment. The system may not be perfect, but there are people in place to help kids like that.
It is not an accident that I don't have children. While I may have taken the time to read a book to the kid, becoming his care giver is an entirely different ballgame.
I would let the authorities handle the situation.