A mum has opened up about how she thought her world was ‘falling apart’ when her daughter seemingly disappeared in an Asda supermarket.
Lauren Harvey had been shopping in one of the company’s stores on Thursday (September 2) when her young daughter went missing.
Lauren said she thought her little girl had “genuinely gone” as other shoppers rallied around her to try and find the youngster.
Thankfully, the little girl was found by a kind stranger hiding in one of the aisles at the Birkenhead supermarket, underneath some clothes.
Lauren shared her story in a local crime watch group on Facebook to thank everyone who helped her in her hour of need.
Lauren said: “Not a crime but a thank you, if you were in Birkenhead Asda today while my daughter thought it was funny to play hide and seek under cloths and we genuinely thought she had gone.
“To each person who stopped to look and help find her, to the woman with her son who didn’t stop, the woman who found her and everyone else who didn’t stop looking.
“I even had a teenage boy of his own back come find me and help me look.
“Today was a real eye opener to how many kind people are about! So again if you helped me in any given way thank you.”
Lauren’s story received more than 900 likes with many commenting about their similar experiences, the Echo reports.
One mum said: “Yes my first was the same, two seconds and she would disappear into a clothes rack.
“It’s lovely that so many people helped in your distress. It restores your faith in humanity.”
Another woman said: “My daughter used to do this, a parent’s worst nightmare. I’m glad she is safe and glad loads helped to look.”
One shopper, who witnessed what had happened and stepped in to help, said: “Our hearts were breaking for you, the fear in your poor face. I am so so so happy she’s okay and back with her mum.”
Commenting on the post, Lauren said: “I’m thankful for everyone yesterday I panic so much as it is and I just felt like my world fell apart.”
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