Marco police unite toddler with missing parents

Child left unattended at Tigertail Beach

— Toddler and his missing parents are quickly reunited by a Tigertail park ranger and the Marco Island Police Department at Tigertail Beach Saturday afternoon.

A toddler was seen at Tigertail Beach unattended in the early afternoon Saturday.

"A couple other beach-goers alerted the park ranger," said Marco Island Police Lt. Chris Morine.

Marco police officers responded to the call. While waiting with the Tigertail Beach Park Ranger and child, police also searched for the missing parents.

Morine said it was about 15 minutes when the parents were found.

They told the police that they went to their car to retrieve a couple items.

"We educated the German beach-goers that it's not an appropriate thing to do on Marco Island," Morine said.

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Comments » 6

waterday writes:

Wow, if this was a resident of Marco, or a US Citizen - they would face arrest. Parents (whether German, American, Italian, etc) should know not to leave a toddler unattended ever especially at the beach or anywhere!!. I pity this poor toddler- Responsiblity!

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August8 writes:

Where might it be appropriate???????Morine???? Daa!!!!!!!!!!!!

lauralbi1 writes:

August8: I am not defending any statements or actions, but America is not the only place on Earth. Did you ever consider that it might be normal and appropriate in Germany ??? I spend a lot of time in Europe and have many friends there and they do not live under the paranoia and kidnapping events that we have here. Again, just try to be more understanding of how others live. I'm certain that is what Morine was alluding to and doing in the statement.
Ed Issler

waterday writes:

Ed, Ed, Ed, ... there you go again!
This is the OCEAN! This is WATER! This is a CHILD! A TODDLER- without a developed brain! Have you ever heard of DROWNING- from parent's stupidness and carelessness. It is NOT appropriate for Germans (or any parent) to leave a child alone on the beach. Please Ed, go back to Germany and stay there, Ed (you of all people) are not understanding of others. You are the "know it all", which you have shown again from your ridiculous comment on this situation.

multi_million_heir writes:

a toddler is defined as one learning to walk, about 16 months old, maybe 2 yrs old? they get the morons of the year award.

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