Buncombe County’s website asks: You See a Baby on the Side of the Road – Would YOU Stop?
The site continues:
Buncombe County Crime Prevention says “If citizens see something like this, they should call local law enforcement and let them investigate it.”
With that in mind, read the following:
There is a gang initiation that has been reported by some police departments that involves placing a car seat by the road with a fake baby in it waiting for a someone to stop and check on the baby. The car seat is usually placed near a wooded or grassy field and the person who stops (most likely a woman) will be dragged into the woods, beaten, raped and left for dead.
Like our Crime Prevention Office says, do not stop. Dial 911 and report it.
But snopes.com “Rumor has it” site says the car-seat story is an old and false story. The site reports: “We have not turned up any reports of any gangs (much less simultaneous efforts by gangs all across the country) using car seats as lures to entice motorists out of their vehicles, nor do any of our police contacts recall encountering any such activity.”
Thanks to @transitiontown on Twitter for the heads-up about this story.