DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In light of the 3-year-old girl who was kidnapped in Birmingham, parents in the Wiregrass should be having that conversation with their children about what to do if a stranger approaches.
Andrea Xidis said she has created a game plan for her children if a stranger approaches them.
“We have a plan in place like if they were to be walking home from school,” Xidis said. “They always have a code word, and if that person doesn’t know the word, they scream, and they start running away.”
According to reports, 800,000 children are now reported missing in the United States. Just three hours northwest of the Wiregrass, three-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney was kidnapped.
Xidis said the Amber Alert reminded her to revisit the conversation with her children.
“I always tell my oldest who has a phone ‘now, don’t be looking on your phone,'” she said. “Always know your surroundings, and it comes from my husband’s military background so we know to keep our heads on a swivel and to make sure our kids are okay wherever we are.”