We have had issues with the family upstairs since we moved in to our apartment (which was in August). The woman would tromp around like an elephant, and I would hear her screaming at her developmentally disabled 4 year old daughter, followed by terrified screaming. I know the difference between a child playing, throwing a tantrum, and real fear, and trust me, this were truly terrified screams.
We called the police after hearing these things, as did other neighbors on her floor. She would go around, door to door, demanding to know who called, and then continued to scream like a banshee, telling people it was none of her business. I would never answer my door, as her pounding and screaming at my door would scare my 4 month old, and then I would have to spend my next half hour calming him back to sleep.
Lately it has been oddly quiet. She still tromps around, but I have hear absolutely nothing from the little girl. No pitter-pattering of her running around, no tantrums, no screams, and no giggles. I don't know she and her husband got their child taken from them, if the child is staying with a relative while the couple works out their issues, or if something more serious happened to her. I would call the police, but after calling the complex to tell them my concerns, they told me they would look in to it, as if I called the police for NOT hearing noise, and they DID check it out, my neighbor could press charges for harrassment.
DH tells me not to worry, and perhaps I shouldn't... I don't know if it is my maternal instinct, but I still worry about the poor child.
I must, say, I am having some extremely mixed feelings.
When CPS came today, I all of a sudden heard the little girl around. She didn't seem happy, but at least I heard her. I just think it's really odd that, after almost a week of not hearing or seeing a single thing from the little girl, all of a sudden she's running around. CPS said the girl was thin, but not malnourished. I tried to explain to her that the little girl was never thin to begin with... she used to be just a little chubby. Perhaps she just lost the weight naturally, but I'm still skeptical. I hope everything is okay, but I still think the whole thing is suspicious. I guess I'll keep my nose out of it until I have some hard evidence that something is wrong.