That's what happened to a Lakeview couple overnight, but this nightmarish scenario had a happy ending.
The parents of six-year-old Katherine Rabe came home around eight last night and their babysitter told them the girl went to bed around 7:15 after saying she was going to run away.
When they went to check on her, she was gone!
"The parents came home about 8pm and they discovered the 6 year old missing," NOPD Office Garry Flot said in a news release.
After an agonizing search for hours, the girl was found, unharmed, wandering in the area of Marconi and Robert E Lee just before midnight.
"At about 11:45 pm., Katherine Rabe was found walking by herself at Marconi and Robert E. Lee. She was not injured and in good health," according to Flot.
She was found just steps from the Orleans Avenue Canal and near one of the City Park lagoons.