Toddler Snatched In Garden
A TODDLER was snatched by a stranger while
playing in the front yard in a quiet cul-de-sac
in Melbourne's southeast yesterday.
A Doveton mother, 20, fought with the female
abductor and freed her 18-month-old boy after
pursuing the woman.
She had left her son alone for just moments
as she took the family's pet pup inside their
Moonah Court home and emerged to find her son
gone, grabbed in what appears to have been an
opportunistic attack about 5.30pm.
She spotted her crying son being carried away
towards a nearby park and gave chase and cornered
the abductor on Laurel Ave.
Police were later unable to find the abductor,
Det. Sen-Constable Gary Richard said.
He said there was no suggestion that the child
had been left alone for more than a few moments.
"We're appealing for any witnesses who may have
heard or seen any disturbances either in the street,
or anyone loitering in the Waratah Reserve," he said.
Neighbours said they were shocked.
"This is such a peaceful and nice neighbourhood," said one woman.
"I've lived here for 40 years and I can't believe it's happened."
The abductor was described as about 30 years old, 165cm tall, of
medium build, with mousy-coloured brown hair tied back off her face,
and wearing black pants and red knitted jumper.
Police were last night doorknocking the area. Leaflets are expected
to be distributed to neighbours.
INFORMATION can be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.