Parents urged not to let guard down

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By Carol A. Clark

The terrifying scene of a parent searching frantically for a child lost in a public place happens all too often, and especially during the holidays when crowds are encountered at almost every turn.Authorities are speaking out to advise parents to take appropriate precautions. “Kids wandering off in stores is one of the most common problems at this time of year because of all the excitement of lights, toys and Santa,” Los Alamos Police Det. DeWayne Williams said during an interview Friday. “It’s so easy to lose sight of a child who wanders even a few feet away in a large crowd. You take your eyes off them for just a minute and they’re gone.”Williams advises parents to keep hold of their child’s hand or if the child is small, buckle him or her into a shopping cart. Williams also cautions against leaving purchases unattended in cars while shopping.

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