Rose was in now way at fault. Neither was the child, doing what toddlers do if they get a chance. The only person in this who did anything wrong was the mother of the toddler. Little kids do sometimes get away from their parents. A parent's normal response to that would be to catch the kid as quickly as possible, apologise for anything they have done, make sure that no one else is hurt/nothing is damaged, then drag off child.
I think I might have met that toddler girl's cousin and his mom recently... A few weeks ago a friend and I were walking our daughters to school in the early morning, when it was still dark. There were lots of other people out, walking or riding bikes as the street we were on also leads to a large secondary school and a lot of the kids cycle there. Behind us were some people with several children, some around 5 or 6 yo and one a small child between 2 and 3. The little guy was running on the footpath, overtaking us several times, then waiting for his mother and so forth.
Well, we crossed the road, watching out for cars and bikes and were just about to say good-bye to our daughters when we saw the little guy race out into the road, no adult within 20 meters of him. And the inevitable happened - cyclist winged him. The cyclist had done nothing wrong - he wasn't going overly fast (the road goes downhill there, so it's a bit harder to stop, perhaps), he had a lamp on his bike etc. But he cold not see someone very small, wearing dark, non-reflective clothing dart out in front of him until it was too late. The man immediately stopped to check on the kid, who was screaming, and also stopping any car from running him over. The mother finally comes up, and what does she do? She starts berating the cyclist! For not watching out for her kid.
I have to admit that I was speechless. My DD, on the other hand, who is 7 and has had the rules of the road for pedestrians drilled into her both at home and at school, could not refrain from commenting: "That little boy should not have run into the road without looking! He should have held his mom's hand!" Maybe DD was a little PA, but I had to agree with her.
BTW, the kid was not hurt. My friend's daughter is in after-school care with the little guy's sister, and the sister told her that the boy was absolutely fine. I still don't like to think what would have happened if he had run out in front of a car instead of a bike...
*ok, threadjack over*