The women who came to the Franklin home claiming to be checking on the welfare of the children looked official.
They carried clipboards and car seats. They flashed an identification badge. And a few days before they came to Amanda Walker’s home, they had called to tell her about the upcoming visit, according to the police report.
But both Walker and police have contacted the Indiana Department of Child Services, who said they aren’t investigating Walker and they didn’t send anyone to her home Tuesday morning, the report said.
This is the first time Franklin police can recall someone impersonating employees from the department of child services, Lt. Kerry Atwood said.
And the level of detail, from car seats to clipboard to identification, shows that the pair had planned their visit to Walker, Atwood said.
“That was pretty elaborate, for somebody to think of those details,” he said. “That actually required some thought.”
Atwood and Det. Ray Tice, who’s investigating the incident, said it’s scary anytime someone lies about who they are and begins asking about children.
“It’s definitely something you’ve got to be worried about, what could have happened,” Tice said.
Walker first got a call last week, from a woman who said she was with Child Protective Services, which previously had been the name of the Indiana Department of Child Services, the report said.
The caller said she was checking on the welfare of Walker’s children, and would be following up in person the following week.
On Tuesday morning, two women arrived at Walker’s door, carrying two car seats and a clip board. One of the women identified herself as Abby, and the pair showed her some form of identification, but too quickly for Walker to read it, the report said.
The women started asking questions about Walker’s children, including where her other child was, and were looking very closely at Walker’s toddler for signs of abuse. The pair also started taking photographs of Walker’s home, the report said.
As soon as the women left, Walker called the department of child services and confirmed what she already suspected — the office isn’t investigating any complaints against her.
Now police are looking for the two women who visited Walker’s home, and asking anyone who might be able to identify them to contact investigators.
If anyone claiming to work for the Indiana Department of Child Services visits a resident, the homeowner needs to get a clear look at their identification, Atwood said. And if there’s any doubt about whether the person works for the state office, then the resident should call the police.
If the person claims that the resident will get into trouble by calling police, then that’s a sign they aren’t who they say they are, Atwood said. Indiana Department of Child Services workers regularly work with police when making home visits, he said.
“If there’s any doubt, do not let them in,” Atwood said.