Sky Metalawa: Parents have been cited before for leaving child alone in car

When my son was about 2 1/2 years old, I ran out of gas on a major freeway at night.  This was long before cell phones and call boxes and I had to decide what to do.  I knew sitting in the car waiting for help can be just as dangerous as walking for help.  I knew flagging down a car was dangerous, so there was nothing to do, but walk.

I could have left my son behind, locked in the car, but I couldn’t.  There was no way, I could walk away from him and leave him alone.   I took him with me and decided to walk very slowly in the ice-plant alongside the road, to be as far away from the cars zipping pass me.  It was a slow process balancing him on my hip and making sure I didn’t slip, and then after what seemed a long time, a police car pulled up and a policeman got out of his car and took my son from my arms and put us in the car.

So, when I heard that a mother in Bellevue, Washington left her two-year-old son behind as she walked for help, the old memory came rushing back along with the emotions connected with it.   I cannot understand how she could had left him behind.  How she could have walked away from him, each step taking her father away.  How could she come to the conclusion that leaving him alone, strapped into a car seat was a wise choice?  That is why I am wondering if the situation ever even happened.

As of this morning, the FBI has joined the search for missing two-year-old Sky Metalawa who went missing after his mother, Julia Biryukova left him behind and walked with her 4-year-old daughter to call for help after running out of gas.

She walked a mile from the 2400 block of 112th Avenue NE area where she ran out of gas, to call a friend to come get her.  Mind you this is during the day time.  About an hour later a friend picked her up and drove he back to the car to find her son missing at 9:50 a.m., according to the dailymail.

Carla Lafrate of the Bellevue Police Dept., said that the car had one door unlocked (could have happened when the mother was searching for her son) and started when they tested it, although authorities caution that it was possible for a car that had been sitting for some time.  But, I have never, ever heard of such a thing.  And I am hearing rumors that there was no gas can found at the scene.  Although, it could have been left in the car of the person that gave her a ride.

According to court records, the parents were cited in December 2009 for leaving a child unattended in a car. Is it possible that the mother was told after the incident, your child could have been taken or wandered off?  Which only seems reasonable that someone during the whole incident would have said to the both of them.  Regardless, it doesn’t look as though she heeded any advise about leaving a child alone in a car.  Was she thinking that the situation was an exception to the rule or a really good story for an alibi?

The Bellevue Police Dept. have called off the search in the surrounding area of where the car was.

“They feel very confident they’ve been able to search the surrounding area where the child might have wandered off to,” said Lafrate.

Sky is of mixed India and Caucasian race and has brown eyes, dark buzz-cut hair with a dark green hooded sweatshirt and blue and gray striped Carter pants.

The mother’s apartment in Redmond has been secured for investigation.

Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, is estranged from his mother and he has not seen his children since January.  He is reported to be cooperating.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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