Not-So Safe Side of Strolling


Summer is the perfect time to load your child in a stroller and enjoy Mother Nature.

Sadly, it only takes a few minutes for a relaxing stroll to go south if you don’t take a few basic precautions, such as:

*Buckling up your child with a five-point harness

*Not letting older siblings run while pushing the stroller

*Not putting excessive weight in the stroller’s basket

*Making sure to employ the stroller’s brakes after you park it

And last, but not least, not letting your baby wear his expensive bling on a stroller ride lest he get mugged.

I wish I were joking.

Straight from the “Now I’ve Heard Everything” file, New York police are reporting that a bold thug ripped a $400 gold chain off the neck of a 3-year-old boy who was being pushed in a stroller by his mom in Brooklyn.

According to news reports, the attack took place last week when young Harvey Hernandez was innocently sitting in his stroller in the lobby of his family’s apartment building. Law enforcement officers say Harvey, his mom, and his teenage brother entered the building at 11:45 p.m. after spending much of the night washing and drying the family’s clothes at a local Laundromat.

Witnesses say that the robber and his accomplice followed the family to their home, and then attacked young Harvey.

“I was screaming ‘Let go of my baby! Let go of my baby!’” Harvey’s mom, Riyana Guerrero, told the New York Post. “I just started screaming and fighting with him, trying to get him away from my baby. How could he do this to a helpless little baby?”

Interestingly, some of the family’s neighbors haven’t been so sympathetic. A handful question why Harvey’s mom allowed her toddler to sport such expensive bling.

Guerrero explained that the shiny gold chain was a baptism gift from Harvey’s godparents. It reportedly has a small medallion on it with the image of hands holding a child.

Now it’s in the hands of a “teenage creep,” according to Guerrero.

Not for nothing; but by now the chain is probably sitting in a pawn shop somewhere in Jersey, but I digress.

Guerrero told police that the thieves looked to be about 16 or 17 years old and would have likely kidnapped her toddler son if she hadn’t woke up neighbors with her screams.

“I didn’t care about the gold; I was just worried about my [kids],” Guerrero told The Post. “It was horrible. I don’t feel safe going out into the street now.”

Summer strolling will never be the same.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.