Father With Biracial Daughters Suspected of Kidnapping Them at Walmart

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A Virginia couple was both shocked and outraged when the police showed up at their home to establish if they were in fact their children's parents.

Joseph, a white man who didn't want his last name revealed, and his black wife Keana said this all went down after a trip to their local Walmart.

There, a security guard reportedly suspected Joseph, who was walking around with his three young, biracial daughters, of kidnapping them.

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"He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph said.

Keana was equally perplexed and upset by the question.

"I was dumbfounded. I sat there for a minute and thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’

The mixed-race couple has been happily married for 10 years; they have a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old twin girls together.

Joseph had taken the little girls to a Walmart near their Prince County home to cash a check and left after spending a short time in the parking lot.

After speaking with the officer, they called the store demanding an explanation. According to Keana, a customer was alarmed after seeing them.

"Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn't think that they fit," Keana told the news station.

"And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don't fit?’ And I was trying to get her to just say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don't match up.’”

As interracial marriage rates increase, the birth of interracial children has soared, with more than seven percent born in the year before the 2010 census.

Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of marriages between blacks and whites, making Joseph and Keana not really all that unusual.

Though they were upset, the couple said they weren't surprised by the incident; Walmart issued a statement saying they were looking into the situation.

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omg that pisses me off...one of my sons is mixed and i would absolutely flip out if anyone tried to stop me and accuse me of kidnapping my own son just because he's "darker" than i am..that seriously would not be a very good day for the accusing person

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thats sad...

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Old habits die hard. When a black woman goes to the park with her little white-looking child, born in her interracial marriage, people assume she must be the nanny - or that she has kidnapped the child. Those reactions will have to die out eventually, but it sure takes time.