Parents Prepare For a Safe Halloween
Heather and Jesse Barton were interested in food and balloons, but their parents were interested in their safety.
"I just wanted to make sure that if anything ever happened to our kids, we'd have a way to identify them," Katrina Barton.
That's why they came to the DNA Lifeprint Child Safety Program. Parents get a picture and a CD of their child as well as a DNA kit, which can help officers identify or locate missing children. Unfortunately, sometimes these home-kits have to be used.
"One incident was a little girl was abducted, and they found a tear-drop in the back of a truck and we had DNA for her," said Theresa Howard of the DNA Child Safety Program.
While kidnappings are rare in Mid-Missouri, many parents want to make sure their kids are as safe as possible for Halloween and for the future. If kids are going to go trick-or-treating, a reflective bag can let drivers know there are kids around. Katina Barton now has everything she needs in case of an emergency.
"I hate to think that anything like that would happen, but I would like to have as much in place as possible if anything were to happen," Barton said.
The Hearnes Center Fieldhouse offers an option to keep kids from trick-or-treating in neighborhoods. Tiger Night of Fun will run from 6-8pm on Halloween night.