Sep 09, 2010 I Micah Hanks

Robbing the Cradle: Aliens Who Abduct Children

In seeking to provide rational explanations for the deeper mysteries surrounding alien abduction, many reports of individuals taken against their will by strange beings are met with dismissal by skeptics. Aliens, to the debunker, are merely the product of overactive imaginations, or the objective of those who seek to gain from the celebrity they might receive by claiming to have had interactions with beings from other worlds. But some circumstances involve abductees who, by virtue of their youth, lack any perceived interest in financial gain, all the while describing terrifying encounters with beings in circumstances they don't fully understand.

The enigma of children's encounters with aliens is perhaps more unsettling than the average abduction case, especially since many of the same frightening circumstances with invasive medical procedures and strange, alien "hybrids" remain present. Any loving parent would be understandably concerned if their grade-schooler began to describe encounters with "strangers" who, by all accounts, appear stranger-than-strange. This, however, was exactly the case for one Kentucky woman, who in June this year reported her own son's weird encounter to the American MUFON Witness Reporting Database.

"This particular morning, he came to me visibly upset," the woman said, describing how her son came to her crying and "telling me he dreamed about aliens... I would never take him seriously normally but this morning and the way he acted made me listen." Below is an excerpt from the unedited MUFON report:

He began to tell me that (in his dream) he woke up and a little gray men took him with them out the door and took him on their ship. The gray men had big black eyes and when I asked about the nose he pushed his up, and into his face, I'm thinking to make it look like there wasn't much of one except for holes, maybe?

I asked him about their hands and he said their fingers looked long like sticks.

He said the ship was silver with yellow, green and white lights. He said it was a ball with a ring around it...He said they took him to the moon.

He told me they were talking in whispers and he remembered them telling him to "Stay.... stay with us." He kept repeating that. He said he was scared and told them to take him home to Mommy.

Did the child of the individual reporting this case to MUFON actually have an encounter with alien beings? Surprisingly, there are entire websites dedicated to this strange phenomenon, such as Aliens and Children: Children's Encounters With Real Aliens From Space ( At the site, a multitude of drawings by children, depicting aliens they have claimed to have encounters with, are made available. There are also some fairly strange theories the site features, involving the use of helmets that prevent mind control by aliens, and general theories involving the alien agenda and extraterrestrial plans for mankind's future.

Does the fact that children sometimes report alien abductions further substantiate the claims of those who have experienced the phenomenon? Conversely, could the more impressionable minds of younger children be easily influenced by things they see on television and in films? Truth be known, I even recall dreaming about alien abductions when I was in my early teens, especially after watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries and Sightings that dealt with the subject. However, in the dreams, I was never the one being abducted, and I certainly never came away from such experiences thinking I had been the victim of an alien kidnapping. Could others, especially younger children, be having similar dreams which they can't distinguish easily from reality; or must we face the possibility that children might occasionally be victims to a strange, worldwide phenomenon that we have yet to understand or explain?

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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