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After outrage over video showing children not dressed for cold, Williston police urge quick calls for kids’ sake

After outrage over video showing children not dressed for cold, Williston police urge quick calls for kids' sake

WILLISTON, N.D.—The Williston police said Friday, Jan. 12, that anyone who suspects they see child abuse, neglect or endangerment should call them immediately.

That message came a day after a Facebook post that seemed to show a woman with two children not dressed appropriately for the cold went viral, resulting in public outrage and a police investigation.

"The big suggestion we have is any time you suspect there is child abuse or child endangerment, please contact law enforcement immediately," Williston Police Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks said. "Don’t wait. Let us know right away."

The incident, captured in a photo and video posted to Facebook, happened just before 8 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of CashWise, Hendricks said, and police got a call about it at 8:25 a.m. and responded then.

The post, which has since been taken down, appeared to show a woman and two young children. One of the children, a girl, was dressed in a long-sleeve T-shirt and pants and was sitting in the seat of a grocery cart. She was not wearing a coat, hat or gloves and appeared to be barefoot. The video, which was less than 30 seconds long, showed the woman getting the other child, a […]

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