A Washington mother is issuing a warning to other parents after two people pretending to be Child Protective Service agents tried to take away her four-year-old son. Jessi McCombs says that she was at her home in Marysville when a man and a woman came to her door to question her about her son's injuries.
They identified themselves as Child Protective Services workers and said they were going to take the young boy into protective custody. McCombs told KIRO-TV that her son was not injured and she thought they were at the wrong house.
The woman assured McCombs they were at the correct house and even knew her son's name and date of birth. That's when McCombs asked to see their identification.
"I asked her, 'Can you show me some identification? Can you show me this order that you supposedly have?' She refused to show me that."
McCombs then pretended to dial 911 and the two people quickly left her home, driving away in a black Ford Crown Victoria.
"These people were potentially trying to just snatch my kid, so I started panicking," said McCombs. "Adrenaline just pretty much took over. I wanted to get my son somewhere safe."
Authorities are investigating the incident but have not received any other reports of people posing as CPS agents. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families said Child Protective Services released a statement saying the agency does not have any open cases concerning the McCombs family. The statement also pointed out that their agents always carry identification and are accompanied by police officers when they attempt to take a child into protective custody.