They Tried To Take My Child
Mum's Horror As Men Snatch Daughter At Party
A MOTHER who foiled a kidnapping attempt of her baby
daughter has told of her fear
at seeing her toddler in the
arms of a stranger.
The woman was at a children's
birthday party at the AMF Tenpin
Bowling Centre at Woodville when
her three- year- old girl was
She hopes other parents will
learn from the incident.
"It happened so quickly and it's
quite scary to think that if I wasn't
there he could have just walked
out with her," the woman, who
wants to remain anonymous, said
from her western suburbs home
She said her daughter was within
arms reach of her when a man
picked up the girl and began walking off.
"(My daughter) started screaming and he had walked about a
metre- and- a- half away from us
when I jumped off my chair and
went for him," she said.
"I screamed. 'What do you think
you're doing with my daughter,"
but he didnt let her go instantly."
A second man then approached
the woman, apologised for the actions of the first man and the pair
left the centre together. The
woman told police that one of the
men had earlier attempted to grab
the little girl as she ran past him.
"My daughter was playing with
my sister-in-law and one (of the
men tried to pick her up as she
ran past," the woman said.
"My sister- in- law snatched her
back and didn't think much more
of it. So she was really startled
when she saw me react, because
she thought the man was one of
the parents at the birthday party."
The woman made an official
police report on July 21 after initially alerting bowling centre management.
Port Adelaide CIB yesterday released identikit images of the men.
One is described as being of
European appearance, in his mid- 20s, about 172cm, of slim build
with an olive complexion and
short, straight black hair.
The second is Caucasian, aged 30
to 35, with short blond hair, about
176cm and slim.
"We're seeking the assistance of
any person who may have seen the
incident or know the men," a
police spokesman said.
The woman, who says she is
always cautious about her children's safety, is even more so now.
"Sometimes I think I'm too overbearing and people comment on
that, but if you let them go, look
what happens," she said.
The toddler is still shaken by the
"She's quite fearful of strangers
and sometimes she says to me,
That man, he picked rne up, why
did he do that?'," she said.
Meanwhile, more than 20 calls
have been made to CrimeStoppers
after another suspected abduction
attempt at Westfield Marion on
Police released an identikit image of a man who picked up a
21- month- old girl. The girl's
mother, standing just metres
away, screamed at the man, who
then released the girl and ran off.
"We had a series of good responses from the community and
have followed up just about all of
them, but it hasn't led to anything
yet," Sturt CIB's officer in charge,
Detective Chief Inspector Peter
Anyone with Information is
asked to call CrimeStoppers - 1800 333 000.
Sunday Mail (8-8-2004)
Identikit of suspect
Identikit of suspect