Soufriere MP Emma Hippolyte has called attention to what she described as an unfortunate trend in society while expressing concern over the disappearance of Soufriere youngster Aiden Dolor.
The non-verbal autistic three-year-old vanished earlier this month from his home.
The Soufriere MP, who has visited the boy’s family, said she was very concerned.
“The challenge for us is our society. When you go around, several people will say: ‘We saw the child,’ and if you see a child unaccompanied by an adult, then we have a responsibility as a community to check on that child and I think that is what happened this time. Persons saw the child but did not pay attention that this child was there unaccompanied by an adult and that’s unfortunate,” Hippolyte told reporters on Monday.
“We need to change that trend,” she asserted.
Aiden’s grandaunt Muriel Dolor voiced similar concerns recently, amid a widespread search for the missing boy.
She expressed bewilderment that an adult would see an unaccompanied child and not make enquiries or take the child to the police station.