Days after a Georgia man says a woman reported him to police after spotting him with two white children, authorities have released the 911 call the stranger made revealing her flimsy justification for dialing the cops.
Corey Lewis, who is Black, said he first noticed the woman as he was leaving a Walmart in metro Atlanta with a 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy he was babysitting that day. Lewis, 27, said the woman approached them in the parking lot and asked if the children were OK.
“Why wouldn’t they be OK?” Lewis replied before the woman drove off.
Moments later, the woman returned and asked to speak to the children to prove they were in safe hands. When Lewis refused, he says the woman followed them from the Walmart parking lot, to the gas station all the way to Lewis’ home where he was met by a Cobb County police officer.
“I’m being followed and harassed,” he tells the officer in video from the incident. “She followed me all the way home. She won’t pull up though … Got these little kids scared.”
Local station WSB-TV on Sunday obtained the call the unidentified woman made explaining why she called police in the first place.
“I see this Black gentleman with these two little white kids, so I just had a funny feeling,” the woman told emergency dispatchers. It was this same “feeling” she said prompted her to approach the children in the parking lot of a Walmart in Marietta, Ga.
She continued: “I rode around again and I said, ‘Let me see the little girl,’ and he goes, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘Well, let me just see the little girl and just see that she knows you.'”
Despite advice from the dispatcher discouraging the woman from following Lewis, she does so anyway.
“He just got gas and now he’s pulling away. Should I follow him?” she asks the dispatcher.
“No, ma’am. I recommend not following him,” the dispatcher replies.
Once Lewis and the children arrive at his house, a Cobb County officer arrives. The matter was eventually resolved after the officer questioned the siblings, Nicholas and Addison, and determined they were indeed OK. He then called in to check in with their parents, Dana Mango and David Parker.
The unnamed caller knew it was possible her suspicions might be unfounded, but said she’d feel guilty if she stood by and did nothing.
“If I’m wrong, that’s great, I’m thrilled,” the woman told the dispatcher. “But if I’m not, you know, then these kids are OK … it could be nothing, but I’m not sure and I figured, let me call up. And again, if I didn’t do this, I’d be up all night.”
Lewis, who run his own youth mentoring program, said the incident left him feeling as if his character was being “assassinated.”
Watch more in the clip below.