“…I think that’s a cautionary tale. You have to teach your kids what to do when it happens,” Kelly Mulholland shared on TikTok
A heartbreaking video of a 5-year-old boy asking for help on a Ring doorbell after allegedly being dropped off in the wrong neighborhood has gone viral after his mother shared on TikTok what she thinks happened.
In the video, which began with Ring camera footage, the boy appeared to be in distress as he opened and closed a home’s storm door and asked, “Would you help me find my mom?” As he spoke, it seemed he was in tears while another voice was heard over the ring cam.
“My worst nightmare, literally, happened yesterday,” the boy’s mother, Kelly Mulholland, said in one Tiktok video on Tuesday along with the clip, which had amassed 4.7 million views, over 300,000 likes and over 4,000 comments in three days as of Friday.
Sharing the incident in two TikTok videos, Mulholland said her son and boyfriend’s five-year-old daughter knocked on doors in a neighborhood asking for help after she claimed they were at the wrong stop with their school bus in Edmond been discontinued.
Mulholland said in the video that she realized something had gone wrong when she picked up the kids from their stop at Napa Valley Road and Bristol Park Boulevard. She said the bus was an hour late and “they weren’t there.” She claimed that when she asked the bus driver where he dropped her off, he couldn’t remember, and she received a tip from another older child that they saw the two kindergarteners get off at an earlier stop.
As she returned to her car, a neighbor pulled up next to her and asked if she was “looking for two children,” which she confirmed. She said the man told her that on his way home from work he received a ring notification that kids at his house were ringing the doorbell and then showed her the footage.
She went to the address of the man’s house, but the children were no longer there. According to Mulholland, he and other neighbors helped her track down the children by knocking on nearby doors and asking if they had seen them.
Mulholland said she eventually found the children a few houses down the neighborhood half a mile from where they had been dropped off. She claimed the children walked “at least half a mile in 105-degree heat” while they spent an hour searching the neighborhood for help.
“I’m so incredibly proud of these kids,” she said in the video. “You’re so damn smart. It was literally alternating doorbells. One of them stayed on the sidewalk while the other went upstairs, rang the doorbell and they stood guard.”
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She said she and her boyfriend contacted the Department of Transportation, which operates the school buses, and claims officials told them standard procedure on buses is not to let a child off the bus without a parent present and that the bus driver needed to check the tags on her bag to ensure they were dropped off at the correct stop.
PEOPLE has reached out to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation for comment on the incident.
“I’m not sharing this to scare anyone, but I think that’s a cautionary tale. You have to teach your kids what to do when it happens,” Mulholland shared near the end of the second TikTok video. She concluded the video showing a box of new Apple AirTags she bought.
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