Dad and Kids

A Virginia family arrived home from Walmart and a police officer was waiting for them. The police officer was dispatched to the home by Walmart’s security to question Joseph – a white man choosing not to reveal his surname – about kidnapping three biracial girls. Too bad the children belong to Joseph and his wife, Keana.

Keana told Fox5DC the incident began when a fellow Walmart customer thought their family “didn’t match up.” This led to the police officer showing up at their home.

“He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph said to Fox5DC.

Both parents were outraged and surprised at the accusation.

“I was dumbfounded,” Keana explained. “I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?”

Keana and Joseph have been married for 10 years and are parents to a four-year-old daughter as well as two-year-old twin girls. The couple visited Walmart to cash a check and had no inkling security was watching them until the police officer arrived.

Keana called Walmart seeking an explanation. Employees told her a customer was alarmed and alerted security.

“Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn’t think that they fit,” Keana said. “And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don’t fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don’t match up.”

The Washington Post reports Virginia has the largest percentage of interracial marriages between blacks and whites, so this may not be the last of Joseph and Keana’s woes.

Walmart issued a statement, telling Fox5DC they were investigating the incident.

32 Comments

  1. Adorkable

    Wow.. Just wow.. Both sides of my family are mixed with Black, white, and native American , and we all look different. My sister and I don’t even look like siblings. I have an aunt and cousin who look Asian, a cousin who has blond hair, an aunt who is asked whether she is Asian or Hispanic and I get Indian, Caribbean, Brazilian, Ethiopian and Somalian. My children will be mixed as my husband is English and Scottish and red hair runs in his family along with bright blue eyes. I hope we don’t run into this problem when we visit the States. Ireally don’t go to Wal-Mart so we’ll see :-P

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  2. Tracey

    I would not be outraged unless the children were acting as if they were in distress. There are a multitude of reason that someone of a different race would be with a kid. It could be their caregiver, their relaitve who was married into the family, their adopted parent, etc. I often watch out for odd behavior from kids in random settings but I would not call security just because they “don’t match”.

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  3. Tracey

    I do. how would you even go about proving somethign like this? Are we all supposed to carry around birth ceritficate sand SSN cards or keep their hospital bracelets on until they are old enough to claim us? it makes no sense because not every kid “matches” their parents even when they are the same race. It would be a waste of the cops’ time and tax payer dollars checking out every kid with an adult that doesn’t look like their twin. It just gets to be silly after a while.
    I mean look at the Duggard case. She matched those people so no one would have batted an eye at her walking down the street with her kidnapper.

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