Tulsa Police and social workers rescue a little boy after his mother threatens to kill him. News on 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright broke the story on Tuesday.
News on 6 reporter Chris Wright has more on how authorities were able to avoid a tragedy.
The mother of the young boy called a social agency Tuesday morning; saying she was going to cut her son's head off, then kill herself. But thanks to some quick thinking, that threat never became a reality.
Seth didn't seemed phased Tuesday morning, but authorities were worried when his mother told a social agency she was going to kill her son and herself.
"She was pretty explicit on the details on how she was going to harm her son, and we can't take a chance on whether she's telling the truth or whether she's joking or trying to get attention," Tulsa Police Cpl. Dave Crow said.
Seth's mother made the graphic threats while talking with a social agency. Since the call to the agency was not a 911 call, there was no way to trace it. But social workers were able to keep her on the phone while they relayed information to the police. They were finally able to convince the woman to pull over downtown, and that's where police found the mother and son.
"They were outstanding, they kept a cool head, they kept her on the line, they got more information about what kind of car she had, where she might be, kept her calm," Cpl. Gene Watkins said.
After taking his mother into custody, police gave Seth some stuffed animals to play with; officers carry the toys in the trunks of their cars, itâ€™s a comfort given to children during traumatic experiences.
"It gives a child something other to associate with other than police, lots of times they don't see police unless something bad is going on at their house and this gives us something to relate to the children with, give them a toy to play with," Cpl. Crow said.
After what he endured Tuesday, Seth deserved an early Christmas present.
Sethâ€™s mother was taken into custody, and will be given a mental evaluation. A judge will eventually decide if she and Seth can be reunited.
The public donates all the toys Tulsa Police give to children. Several local groups, including the Girl Scouts, collect toys for police every year.
"Our girls really enjoy doing things for other kids, and collecting and donating stuffed animals to kids in distressed situations is a great thing to do and our girls really enjoy doing it," Kristi Engle with the Tulsa Girl Scouts said.
Tulsa Police began collecting toys for children 20 years ago.