On Monday, Jessi McCombs was going through her morning routine when two people – a man and a woman – showed up at her door. The pair knew personal details about McCombs and her son, Liam. As the conversation moved forward, the woman claimed to be from Child Protective Services (CPS) and demanded that McCombs hand over her son.
The incident took place in Marysville, Washington, at approximately 7:30 am on Monday, according to a report by the Daily Mail. The man and woman knew McCombs’ and her son’s name, as well as her child’s date of birth.
During the conversation, the pair claimed to be from CPS and that McCombs son had injuries, something that wasn’t true. They said they were there to take custody of Liam.
“[The woman] said she was with CPS and that she was there about my son’s injuries and that they were to take him into protective custody,” said McCombs.
Initially, McCombs believed it was a case of mistaken identity.
“[I] thought for sure she had the wrong house until she told me his name and birthday,” said McCombs.
McCombs asked the pair to provide their credentials; otherwise, she wouldn’t hand Liam over.
“I asked her, ‘Can you show me some identification? Can you show me this order that you supposedly have?’ She refused to show me that,” McCombs added. When the woman declined, McCombs feared that the man and woman were trying to kidnap her son.
After being unable to provide suitable documentation, McCombs grabbed her phone and pretended to contact 911. At that point, the pair left quickly, according to McCombs.
“She said, ‘We’ll come back later,’ and they left in a hurry down the stairs,” McCombs said.
An investigation into the incident was launched by the Marysville Police Department, and a spokesperson for CPS confirmed that there is no open case involving McCombs or Liam.
The CPS spokesperson added that caseworkers who are sent to remove a child are always accompanied by law enforcement. Additionally, all agency workers carry identification while on the job, and they can’t take custody of a child without a signed court order.