Mom told the deputies George wasn’t a runaway kid—he got good grades and did his chores.
“All mothers say that about missing kids.”
During a three-hour interview the deputies insinuated Mom had driven George away. They threatened her with a visit from Child Protective Services.
“Maybe you’re not the sort of mother who should raise two even younger kids.”
After pestering the Sheriff’s office daily, Mom tired of hearing the irritation in their voices. She visited George’s friends to determine who’d seen him last—no luck. George’s presents sat under the tree. Waiting.