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.