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2014-07-27 09:47:24 PM  
Father of the year candidate doesn't notice when his 3-year-old son wandered out of the house ending up 10 blocks away at 2:30 in the morning and refused to open the door to police or pick up his son from the police department wakes up to find son has run away, calls mother when he learns police have the toddler because he fears he might be arrested, then goes to get his kid.
 
2014-07-27 11:13:11 PM  
7NEWS checked his background and found Fernandez is a registered sex offender with a ten-page rap sheet including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Real winner there.
 
2014-07-27 11:34:39 PM  

Lsherm: 7NEWS checked his background and found Fernandez is a registered sex offender with a ten-page rap sheet including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Real winner there.


Ugh. Sex assaults against children is deplorable and sickening enough, but when you do it from a position of trust... I just hope Hell exists and its worse that anyone imagines...
 
2014-07-27 11:38:46 PM  
"I'm not a bad parent, I'm a great parent! I'm just stupid as a sack of broken hammers and I need a keeper with me 24/7 because I can't think for myself."
 
2014-07-27 11:39:14 PM  
What would Picard do?
 
2014-07-27 11:48:31 PM  
Put the kid in foster care and ensure that he'll end up just like dad.
 
2014-07-27 11:52:03 PM  
The little bastard ran off in the middle of the night and got busted by the police. The father decided to teach him a lesson by letting him sit in lock up over night. Good on him!

Maybe the little brat will learn his lesson.
 
2014-07-27 11:52:40 PM  
"on Rocklynn Maldonado's .."


Aaaaaaaand that's all I need.
 
2014-07-27 11:57:25 PM  
But Angelo Fernandez insisted: "I'm not a bad parent. I'm a great parent. I really, really love kids."
 
2014-07-28 12:01:16 AM  

doglover: Father of the year candidate doesn't notice when his 3-year-old son wandered out of the house ending up 10 blocks away at 2:30 in the morning and refused to open the door to police or pick up his son from the police department wakes up to find son has run away, calls mother when he learns police have the toddler because he fears he might be arrested, then goes to get his kid.

Longmont police said when Fernandez eventually arrived at the station he was given a summons for child abuse.


He was close.

But I can see why the guy was reluctant to go to the police station to get the kid. He has a conviction for sex assault on a child. I pretty sure the police didn't treat him very nicely when that happened, and it was probably something he didn't want to take a chance of repeating.
 
2014-07-28 12:01:20 AM  
I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.
 
2014-07-28 12:04:36 AM  

doglover: Father of the year candidate doesn't notice when his 3-year-old son wandered out of the house ending up 10 blocks away at 2:30 in the morning and refused to open the door to police or pick up his son from the police department wakes up to find son has run away, calls mother when he learns police have the toddler because he fears he might be arrested, then goes to get his kid.


Lsherm: 7NEWS checked his background and found Fernandez is a registered sex offender with a ten-page rap sheet including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Real winner there.


You always back the underdog doncha doglover?
 
2014-07-28 12:04:47 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.


I only partially agree with your statement that if you properly lock your doors a 3 year old shouldn't be able to leave.

I have a 2.5 year old.  Those farkers that age are crafty and sneaky.
 
2014-07-28 12:06:37 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.


I have a friend with an autistic daughter. They had to keep a couch in front of the door to keep her from escaping when she was a toddler. Never ever underestimate the ingenuity of small children.
 
2014-07-28 12:07:30 AM  
The fact that the dad called the mother is a bad sign for the kid. In any normal home the dad would risk being arrested long before he'd tell the mom he lost their child.
 
2014-07-28 12:11:08 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.


Why? His arrest could have been for sleeping with a 17 year old high school student for all we know. That really wouldn't have anything to do with him being a danger to a child. He wasn't barred from living with children.

And your little thing about properly locked doors is just wrong. 3 year olds can do a lot of things that will surprise you, one of them is unlocking doors. My sister had to put a hook way at the top of the door were if you weren't 6 feet tall you would really have to stretch to get to it because my nephew would unlock the door and take the chain off the door to try to go outside. Just because your 3 year old sat in a puddle of his or her own piss and filth drooling and staring blankly at the wall, doesn't mean all 3 year olds do the same.
 
2014-07-28 12:11:12 AM  

Argyle82: Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.

I only partially agree with your statement that if you properly lock your doors a 3 year old shouldn't be able to leave.

I have a 2.5 year old.  Those farkers that age are crafty and sneaky.


I'm on mobile so I can't post, but there is a video of a little kid breaking into his sisters room to steal a toy of some kind or other. Amazing skills for a kid still in diapers!
 
2014-07-28 12:13:28 AM  

doglover: Father of the year candidate doesn't notice when his 3-year-old son wandered out of the house ending up 10 blocks away at 2:30 in the morning and refused to open the door to police or pick up his son from the police department wakes up to find son has run away, calls mother when he learns police have the toddler because he fears he might be arrested, then goes to get his kid.

comes up with a bullshiat story where he flips the truth around like all criminals.

"I didn't do the right thing because uh... I was afraid of the police! HURP DURP"
 
2014-07-28 12:13:32 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.


This.

I have two boys - the oldest isn't even 5, but it's my 3 year old who's bound to escape one day.

Actually he already did. Fortunately we live in a condo and all he did was wander from floor to floor for about 20 minutes before I caught up with him. Little jackass would get off on the elevator, wander down a hall, get on another elevator, etc.

Scared the shiat out of me.
 
2014-07-28 12:14:28 AM  
'Jimmy Johnson ran away and didn't say goodbye/ Kinko had to look for him to help the FBI/ Now Kinko has some handcuffs on, his eyes are full of tears/ Said, "I'll be back to play with you, some time in twenty years!"'
 
2014-07-28 12:15:01 AM  

Lsherm: 7NEWS checked his background and found Fernandez is a registered sex offender with a ten-page rap sheet including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Real winner there.


"We find nothing on file restricted from living with kids."

That is farked up.

All that aside:

Longmont police said when Fernandez eventually arrived at the station he was given a summons for child abuse.

Because his 3 year old woke up and left? That seems a bit much.

Lastly: Longmont, the armpit of both Boulder and Weld county! Parts of Longmont are cool, but you have to live with the other 80% of the population of Longmont.
 
2014-07-28 12:15:43 AM  

Stoj: Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.

This.

I have two boys - the oldest isn't even 5, but it's my 3 year old who's bound to escape one day.

Actually he already did. Fortunately we live in a condo and all he did was wander from floor to floor for about 20 minutes before I caught up with him. Little jackass would get off on the elevator, wander down a hall, get on another elevator, etc.

Scared the shiat out of me.


Oops - agreed with the first part not the second!
 
2014-07-28 12:17:59 AM  
Damn, there is sooo much farkin' FAIL in that article, it make the Titanic envious.
 
2014-07-28 12:18:12 AM  
Kid wanders off at 2:30am when any reasonable person would expect everyone in the house to be asleep. Police charge parents or caregiver.

I have never understood this. even when it happens during the day. It's actually the reason most people nap during the day while the kids are napping. Because taking care of kids is tiring and keeping track of them while awake is paramount. Putting a kid down for a nap and taking a nap yourself is actually advice given by doctors.

I'm staring to see why white folks put leashes on their kids. l used to think it was dumb, but in this society, anything short of binding your child to your wrist seems to be illegal.
 
2014-07-28 12:18:15 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.   Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.


Do you have kids?

My ex and I separated when my son was 3. At that age he could defeat any of the devices you put on doorknobs to restrict kids (he discovered shoving enough toilet paper into them allows him to twist the knob) and could easily open a deadlock from the inside. For the first six months of the separation I slept on the couch in case he woke up and didn't recognize the new place, he would see me before getting to the door and I put weights he couldn't move in front of the doors every night just in case.
 
2014-07-28 12:18:48 AM  
 
2014-07-28 12:19:37 AM  

Lsherm: 7NEWS checked his background and found Fernandez is a registered sex offender with a ten-page rap sheet including sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust.

Real winner there.


You would think that after even racking up a half page rap sheet of sex offenses you would no longer be "in a position of trust."

Okay, it doesn't say it's 10 pages of sexual assaults on children, just that it includes it.  Maybe he only did it once.  And what kind of typeface are the cops using?  It could very well take them 2 pages per crime.  Saying his rap sheet is 10 pages longs tells us very little.
 
2014-07-28 12:21:05 AM  

mikaloyd: You always back the underdog doncha doglover?


Usually.

Other times, I back the alpha.

It mostly depends on what's right. When the police say "He refused to answer the door." I don't trust them. I think what they did was find the boy, pull up his father, found the rap sheet and decided "fark this guy." and then gave a little ghost tap on the door and said "He's not answering."
 
2014-07-28 12:22:23 AM  

Hermione_Granger: Kid wanders off at 2:30am when any reasonable person would expect everyone in the house to be asleep. Police charge parents or caregiver.
I have never understood this.


Probably because it doesn't happen, except inside your head.
 
2014-07-28 12:24:10 AM  

doglover: mikaloyd: You always back the underdog doncha doglover?

Usually.

Other times, I back the alpha.

It mostly depends on what's right. When the police say "He refused to answer the door." I don't trust them. I think what they did was find the boy, pull up his father, found the rap sheet and decided "fark this guy." and then gave a little ghost tap on the door and said "He's not answering."


Yeah because that makes sense.
I bet you're not even trolling.
 
2014-07-28 12:26:17 AM  

Begoggle: Hermione_Granger: Kid wanders off at 2:30am when any reasonable person would expect everyone in the house to be asleep. Police charge parents or caregiver.
I have never understood this.

Probably because it doesn't happen, except inside your head.


Except, you know, this article.


Although I will add my kid wandered away from moms house once looking for me, and she wasn't charged (I don't believe she should have been) and I found neighbor kid once in a diaper and nothing else on a pretty cold day and her mom wasn't charged (nor should she have been). These both happened during the day as well.

It seems like it depends on the parent, and how sex offenedry they are.
 
2014-07-28 12:27:00 AM  

Begoggle: Hermione_Granger: Kid wanders off at 2:30am when any reasonable person would expect everyone in the house to be asleep. Police charge parents or caregiver.
I have never understood this.

Probably because it doesn't happen, except inside your head.


I think you should Google "toddler wanders off". I think you will see that I'm not imagining things. Not trying to be argumentative, just sayin...it does happen.
 
2014-07-28 12:28:04 AM  
Yeah I've found a neighbors kid - probably 3 years old - who has wandered across the street and into my inlaws back yard. It happens.
 
2014-07-28 12:31:38 AM  
where was the child's mother?
 
2014-07-28 12:34:09 AM  

Stoj: Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.

This.

I have two boys - the oldest isn't even 5, but it's my 3 year old who's bound to escape one day.

Actually he already did. Fortunately we live in a condo and all he did was wander from floor to floor for about 20 minutes before I caught up with him. Little jackass would get off on the elevator, wander down a hall, get on another elevator, etc.

Scared the shiat out of me.


Indeed, when my now 5 year old was 3-ish, I had to install childproof locks high up on two doors and an alarm on the third because he figured out how to get out way too easily and stealthily. And we could see him deciding to wander around the neighborhood at 3am. He scared us on more than one occasion.

Kids are all different and some are more difficult than others, I try not to judge what other parents have to deal with.
 
2014-07-28 12:58:47 AM  

farkstorm: where was the child's mother?


The MRA says "Out clubbing with child support money."
 
2014-07-28 01:07:52 AM  
he looks like a creep.

admissible?
 
2014-07-28 01:10:46 AM  
free range children
 
2014-07-28 01:18:21 AM  
when I was four I wondered off before dinner because I didn't like what we were having and I was looking for McDonald's. My plan was to go to McDonald's, buy a happy meal with the change I found under the couch, and be back before dinner and no one would ever know. I got about half a mile away before someone stopped me and called the police. My dad had been driving around looking for me and my mom had waited by the phone. It complicated things because I couldn't remember my address or phone number, but I did know the name of my pre-school. So the cops called the pre-school director who gave them my parent's info. My parents' weren't charged, but then again that was 1989, not sure how that would go now. After that my dad installed child proof locks that the police recommended.
 
2014-07-28 01:25:31 AM  

ELKAY: when I was four I wondered off before dinner because I didn't like what we were having and I was looking for McDonald's. My plan was to go to McDonald's, buy a happy meal with the change I found under the couch, and be back before dinner and no one would ever know. I got about half a mile away before someone stopped me and called the police. My dad had been driving around looking for me and my mom had waited by the phone. It complicated things because I couldn't remember my address or phone number, but I did know the name of my pre-school. So the cops called the pre-school director who gave them my parent's info. My parents' weren't charged, but then again that was 1989, not sure how that would go now. After that my dad installed child proof locks that the police recommended.


We should probably arrest your parents now just to be sure.  They're obviously incapable of raising a child.  The fact that this happened 25 years ago and you're no longer a child is not important.  Think of the children!
 
2014-07-28 01:30:54 AM  
He can't leave to go pick up his kid because he's at home looking after his kid.

What?
 
2014-07-28 01:48:21 AM  
Devil's advocate: I apparently escaped my house once and walked to my grandmother's (only a couple blocks away) when I was only 1.  It happens.

Now if your 3-yo does it in the middle of the night you are probably not setting him to bed regularly... although again I might be the counter-example since I was up late all the time.
 
2014-07-28 01:54:32 AM  

Bslim: "on Rocklynn Maldonado's .."
Aaaaaaaand that's all I need.


That's the person who found him.  He gets a pass.
 
2014-07-28 02:03:10 AM  
My son never escaped from the house but when he was not quite 2 I came home with cupcakes for after dinner, put them on top of the fridge so the lil terror couldn't get them, and went to watch a bit of TV while the kid played in his room. About a hour later I noticed how quiet it was, that quiet that sets off the alarm bells in any parent of a toddler and went to see what was up, I found that the kid who couldn't yet figure out the intricacies of toilet paper had used a kitchen chair, step ladder, some encyclopedias, the breadbox and toaster to build a ramp up onto the counter then on up to the top of the fridge and was just pulling the container of cupcakes down when I caught him, he looked at me guiltily for a sec, pushed the cupcakes back into place, clasped his hands behind his back and yelled "love ya daddy" like that would get him out of trouble.

/It got him my cupcake after dinner, and me a story I taunt him with forever
 
2014-07-28 02:05:36 AM  

JonPace: The fact that the dad called the mother is a bad sign for the kid. In any normal home the dad would risk being arrested long before he'd tell the mom he lost their child.


He didn't call the mother, he called his own mother. So nobody from the kid's mother's side of the family is mentioned anywhere.
 
2014-07-28 02:22:36 AM  
Kids escape. If there have been repeated  escapes, you check what incremental steps have been take to prevent them. If it's the first one, you send in a consultant to help the parent prevent future escapes, and probably learn that the kid will still get out at least once more.
 
2014-07-28 02:28:11 AM  
Anyone who thinks a three-year-old cannot escape from a home in the middle of the night -- regardless of whether either of his parents are sex offenders -- has no meaningful experience with children. Of course they farking can. I am a psychologist and I have worked with a few families who have had this occur. I happen to have been blessed with children who have never tried this.

Of course you can make it impossible for a kiddo to do this, but very few homes are set up this way.
 
2014-07-28 02:51:43 AM  

Argyle82: Some Coke Drinking Guy: I was willing to hear his side of the story, up until I found out he has a record of sexually assaulting children.  Any excuse to get his child away from him, is a good excuse at that point.  Besides, if you properly lock your doors, a three year old shouldn't be able to leave the house at night.

I only partially agree with your statement that if you properly lock your doors a 3 year old shouldn't be able to leave.

I have a 2.5 year old.  Those farkers that age are crafty and sneaky.


Yep. Neighbor of mine had to resort to installing a deadbolt that needed a key to unlock it because her 2-year old kept managing to get out of the house in the middle of the night.
 
2014-07-28 02:59:49 AM  
When my son was three and a half, he got my car keys from the kitchen counter, went outside, unlocked the driver's door to the car and climbed in.  We don't know where he was headed.  My husband came home from work just then, and pulled in next to him in the driveway.

He found our son pushing the keys against the steering column.  Our son knew that action had something to do with starting the car, but from his car seat in the back, he had never been able to see me put the key into the ignition.

I put strings of bells on every door after that.

I would love to know where he intended to go.

He'll be fifteen this November.  That should worry me, I guess.
 
2014-07-28 03:10:22 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: I have a 2.5 year old.  Those farkers that age are crafty and sneaky.

Yep. Neighbor of mine had to resort to installing a deadbolt that needed a key to unlock it because her 2-year old kept managing to get out of the house in the middle of the night.


I remember at age 5 or 6 my parents put a combo lock on the fence which I figured out how to pick.  Memory is fuzzy but I have a vague notion that I kept telling my parents that I was able to pick the lock but they didn't believe me.  And knowing my mom she probably blamed it on my dad, and he probably kept getting in trouble on my account.  (I didn't do it to escape, though, just to get in the back yard.)
 
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