Petal DNA swab children

With the help of the Petal Police Department, parents are being prepared and not scared.

By hosting the Child Identification Program, the Petal police gave parents the opportunity to obtain a kit for their child. Containing a DNA swab, digital imaging and digital fingerprints, the parents were able to obtain a free kit for any future emergencies.

"We give law enforcement's some of the best tools they can get to help find a child if you had a child missing," says Earnest Cardy from the Child I.D. Program.

Parents are able to keep the kit which includes a CD with the child's profile information as well as their DNA mouth swab, which can last a lifetime.

"I have four kids and sometimes they can be really hard to keep up with," says parent Karen Foster. "So if something was to happen to them and they were to disappear, it would be nice to know that I had something showing that I could bring to the police and I'll be able to locate them safely."

The next Child I.D. Program will also be in the Pine Belt area, if you would like to know more information on that you can contact Lynda Clardy at