ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Do you know who your kids are messaging? Who your kids are hanging out with when you aren't around? One mom from Roseville thought she did, and she didn't think twice about it until she got a knock on her door at 2 a.m. Saturday.
Natasha Evans says several Roseville Police Officers helped save her daughter from a potentially dangerous situation.
According to Evans, a Roseville police officer brought her 13-year-old daughter Kaitlyn home after a sleep over turned into something very different.
"There's just nothing that can prepare me for that moment," Evan said.
Her daughter, Kaitlyn, said she was hanging out with a friend when they got in the car with two strangers because her friend said she knew them from messaging on Instagram.
"I went along with it," Kaitlyn said. "When we got inside the car, I had a bad feeling something was going to happen. I know now to go with my gut feeling because I had a bad feeling."
She added, not too long after being in the car, a police officer pulled up alongside and started following them.
According to Kaitlyn, the officer pulled them over and started investigating. They eventually told the men to drive home and the officers took the girls to their separate homes, according to Kaitlyn.
"I definitely would thank them," Kaitlyn said. "They saved my life. If they didn't see us in the car, then something bad could have happened."
Regardless of if a crime was committed or not, Kaitlyn felt she and her friend were in danger and her mom had no idea.
"It's terrifying because you have no control," Evans said. "And if you are going to let your kids have friends, you can't control their friends. So you are almost at a loss."
This experience has opened an ongoing conversation between Evans and her children to be more transparent about who they are talking to and who they are hanging out with.
"I've learned that no matter how confident you feel in your abilities, especially with teenagers," Evans said, "I have respectful, great, kind girls, but they don't want me to know everything, and they don't want to tell me everything their friends tell them.
"And I have to parent them, but I have to build a trust level with them as well. There's so much that can split through the cracks and I learned that anything can happen and we are all subject to crazy crimes. Even as grown women as well."
For Kaitlyn and her sister Emily, the lesson learned is to be more open with their mom, and also go with their instincts of what is right.
"Well, my lesson learned is to definitely go by my gut feeling and if I think something is wrong, then don't go along with it, go by my own feeling," Kaitlyn said. "Don't go by my friend and what she thinks and find positive friends and go by my real feeling and not by what's happening."
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