John brought up a good point. What happens when the child out of spite decides to spread a tale like that? I even remember times when our son was small where he would threaten to call child services on us. Our response was to hand him the phone which stopped that nonsense right there. However, some children will take it that step further as John pointed out. We as a society seem to believe that children don't lie. When in fact children learn the value of a good lie at a very early age. How small is a child that openly lies about not stealing from the cookie jar but is wearing the crumbs on his chin? I would say pre-school age.
This whole thread has a striking resemblance to the Salem Witch hunt in the early 16 to 1700s. If a neighbor harbored a grudge all they had to do was claim to have witnessed you performing witchcraft and you were as good as dead.
I remember tales in history in the early 1900s on up thruough the 50s and 60s if you wanted to label someone for persecution all you had to do was say they were communists. Now days try calling the FBI and say you have a terrorist living next door if you want to ruin someone quickly or a known child molester. Unlike the witch hunts Pedophiles and terrorists do exist but have our ways of dealing with these fears changed in the last 2 to 300 years? Or are we still hunting in angry mobs calling out for blood except our monsters have changed names? Something to think about. Are we so quick to wipe out the monsters that we don't take the time to find out if they really are monsters?