A viral photo taken in Spokane of a toddler that appears to be strapped to a fence has sparked national outrage.
On Wednesday night, Matt Knight, a resident of the Nevada/Lidgerwood neighborhood, heard screams coming from across the street. Upon investigation, he was shocked to see a toddler bound to the fence.
“I walked over there and the kid, like the photo you saw, was strapped or caught up in some of the bungee strap to the fence,” Knight said to KHQ.
Knight knew he had to call Spokane Police, but due to prior incidents involving that home, he also wanted to make sure he took a picture.
“[I took a photo] because of the previous things that had happened there. So I just wanted some photo evidence versus a bunch of hearsay,” said Knight.
Over the last month, police have responded to the home on Rich Ave. near Lidgerwood Street three times. The first two times, the same toddler was found walking and crawling in the street. The third time was when the toddler was found strapped to the fence.
Knight said the bungee cord that harnessed the child appeared to be located close to her neck. Although she was standing on her feet, she appeared to be struggling.
After the story was made public, the mother of the child released her side of the story. The unidentified woman claimed that the child had accidentally gotten tangled in the bungee cord. When asked if the child was outside alone, the mother did not comment.
(Photo: KHQ-TV/NBC Local News Spokane, WA)