Monday, June 24, 2013

TOP STORY >> Kid not abducted, but still reminder

Cabot Police investigators say  a June 13 incident at the Richie Road baseball fields wasn’t an attempted child abduction, but people still need to be cautious about their children’s safety this summer.

The mother of a boy reported that around 4 p.m., a blonde woman approached her son’s baseball team’s coach. The woman told the coach the boy was her son and that the mother and her husband had kidnapped him from her.

The woman told the coach she would be back the next day at 7 p.m. with the sheriff’s office to get her son back.

The woman was described as having dirty blonde hair. She wore a blue tank top with jeans. She was seen in a white Isuzu Trooper with a man wearing an LSU hat. No license-plate number was recorded.

The mother requested  police be present at the ballpark the next day.

Sgt. Keith Graham said the woman who threatened to kidnap the boy could have been intoxicated or under the influence of something.

He said it is believed the woman spoke to the child, but the child did not respond, and the coach dealt with the situation.

Graham offered tips for parents concerned about their children’s safety.

“Don’t just drop your kids off and have the coaches be responsible for watching them. People need to watch their kids closely. There are all types of people out there. Make sure your child knows not to leave with a stranger. If you see something happening, call the police department immediately, don’t wait. Better to be safe than sorry,” Graham said.