DCFS called after mom allows 8-year-old girl to walk dog alone

Eight-year-old Dorothy Widen was walking her dog around the block when someone called police and told them they spotted a 5-year-old walking a dog alone. (Credit: WBBM)

A mother in Chicago is relieved after charges were dropped in relation to a neighbor calling DCFS when she let her daughter walk around the block with their family pet.

Eight-year-old Dorothy Widen was walking her dog around the block when someone called the police and told them they spotted a 5-year-old walking a dog alone.

Police immediately went to the family’s home and when they were told Dorothy was 8, her parents say the officer said that was fine and left.

Yet, when someone called DCFS on their own, an investigation was launched.

“Apparently whoever called the police didn’t think the police were a good enough judge of what was OK and not OK. Then they called DCFS. The police did not call DCFS,” said Corey Widen.

Widen hired an attorney to clear her name, and the case was resolved in less than two weeks.

“I was really scared,” said Widen. “I saw the police just there, like the police’s car and I heard the like sirens going off.”

In a statement, A DCFS spokesperson said the caller reported the child was 5-years-old or younger, so they investigated and the allegation was unfounded and the case was closed.

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