I drove past a carseat, I didn't stop...

(69 Posts)
user1468508742 Thu 14-Jul-16 16:14:39

This is probably going to sound really odd but I'm not really sure who else to ask.

I was driving relatively late last night, around 9:30pm, through a country road, so it's very quiet and surrounded by lots of trees. I saw a carseat, which looked quite new, it definitely wasn't just dumped there.

I couldn't see inside it, as there was a blanket. I'm not sure if anyone else has heard of the thing where people use their small children or pretend there's a carseat with a child in it or whatever so someone goes and helps? But then gets raped? I have heard of it before, I don't remember when but I do know my mum told me about it as a teenager.

All I thought about was that and wanted to get off that road asap. I get home and thought about it a couple of times and thought there's no way would someone actually leave their baby there and if it wasn't some kind of trap, it was obvious that maybe it was just dumped. I drove past there this morning, it was gone... Nothing there. Now I am worried that a) it was a child and has now been taken, to a safe or unsafe place. Or b) it was a trap and that it will be out to get more people.

Honestly, am I just completely blowing this out of proportion?

BlueLeopard Thu 14-Jul-16 16:16:11

I would have rang the police to ask them to check it out.

Kalispera Thu 14-Jul-16 16:16:28

A carseat used as a trap sounds like some sort of crazy Facebook meme that Snopes would sort out in 2 minutes flat.

I think if someone had abandoned a baby you'd have heard about it on the local news.

frasersmummy Thu 14-Jul-16 16:16:44

i wouldnt speculate.. just call 101 report it and let the police deal

NeedACleverNN Thu 14-Jul-16 16:17:07

It was most likely dumped but it wouldn't have hurt to call 101 to check.

ineedamoreadultieradult Thu 14-Jul-16 16:17:23

I would have driven past as well but called the police to let them know of its location so they could check if it was a baby (unlikely) or remove it incase it was some sort of trap (also unlikely)

TheGreatDessert Thu 14-Jul-16 16:19:56

Maybe log it with 101? I wouldn't have stopped if I was on my own either (unless there was obviously a child in there), but do log it. That way if something untoward has occurred you might provide vital info, or if someone is laying bait to attack people then the police are aware.

ILoveAGoodBrusselSprout Thu 14-Jul-16 16:21:34

I'd definitely have driven past but I'd have called the police ASAP

BagPusscatnip Thu 14-Jul-16 16:21:47

I'm going to hmm this because a) this is a Facebook urban myth that has been around for years, and b) if this is true and you had serious doubts, either way if it was a baby or some kind of trap, why didn't you report it to the police once you got home?

2nds Thu 14-Jul-16 16:22:11

It is completely possible that it really was just dumped on the side of the road with no sinister motive and no baby inside.. It's also possible that it may have contained a doll. Some people bring these strange lifelike dolls out with them in car seats and prams, each to their own but not my thing.

Might it have been put out for some scrap metal guys to pick up? Or maybe it was accidentally left there by a driver who was moving house and forgot to put the car seat back in the vehicle having moved it to get some furniture inside the vehicle?

WannaBe Thu 14-Jul-16 16:25:23

hmm so you could see in the dark that it looked like a new car seat and had a blanket over it, even though you didn't actually stop the car? Riiiiight.

This car seat story is an urban legend that has been doing the rounds for years. I certainly wouldn't be calling 101 to "log" an abandoned car seat which is now no longer there....

Birdsgottafly Thu 14-Jul-16 16:25:39

There's been car seats dumped out of stolen cars, in my area (later identified). In one case, the seat had fingerprints on.

So worth reporting to the Police, especially as it had a blanket in.

BertrandRussell Thu 14-Jul-16 16:25:54

Why on earth didn't you ring the police?

BlossomHillOne Thu 14-Jul-16 16:26:51

www.hoax-slayer.com/infant-car-seat-gang-warning.shtml

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Jul-16 16:27:09

The baby in car seat/car jacking/robbing/assault story is a hoax.

Birdsgottafly Thu 14-Jul-16 16:27:40

""so you could see in the dark that it looked like a new car seat and had a blanket over it, ""

Should you be driving if you can't make that out? You should certainly have your lights on, which at some point would have lit the roadside.

ghostyslovesheep Thu 14-Jul-16 16:30:10

interesting user name there grin

I would ring the police if I where you - then hurry back and tell us allllllllll about it

hollyisalovelyname Thu 14-Jul-16 16:31:35

It's a scam.
You could have been robbed or your car taken if you had stopped.
It happens in Ireland too.
I'd call the local police just so they are aware of it.

TheWeeBabySeamus1 Thu 14-Jul-16 16:32:29

Your not on my estate are you? grin People keep dumping car seats all over, there's one across the road now. The first time I rushed over thinking someone had left their baby (not that I'm prone to dramatics or anything wink) but I think that because no one buys them used and they can't fit in the bin people just leave them on the street rather than paying the council to collect.

WannaBe Thu 14-Jul-16 16:32:49

"Birdsgottafly possibly, TBH I don't drive, however given the OP was driving at presumably more than 30 miles an hour if it was not a residential street, she wouldn't have had long to take in that level of detail, surely?

AdultingIsNotWhatIExpected Thu 14-Jul-16 16:38:08

This kinds of traps are not just urban myths
Some retellings of them are, but similar traps do happen, I've personally come across a crying child mugging trap. In real life, me, not a friend of a friend

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Jul-16 16:38:53

hollyisalovelyname do you have a link to any evidence that this has actually happened?

lalalalyra Thu 14-Jul-16 16:40:03

If it was in a layby bit near where I live and it was a Britax Dualfix then it was covered in vomit and forgotten and someone has picked it up sad

Pulled over because DD2 threw up everywhere. Dealt with her, changed her top by the side of the road, moved her into nephew's seat which was (I thought at the time luckily) in car, took carseat out, put it down next to car to deal with her saying she was going to be sick again. Sorted her all out, closed boot, drove home and then realised I hadn't put seat back in the car. Went back, but it was gone. £300 down the drain because I took it out to put in the boot for the smell and got distracted.

WorraLiberty Thu 14-Jul-16 16:40:04

Or does anyone else have a link?

It would be interesting to find out once and for all whether this is a hoax or not.

BengalCatMum Thu 14-Jul-16 16:41:13

If you call and report; they go 'Thanks for that, we will log and pass on. You won't get a call unless we need further info'

Then wait to see if you get a call back.
If something has happened they will call you back pretty quick.

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