Just reading the headline of this story on CNN.com made me nearly lose my lunch (and breakfast and dinner and all snacks). There are many worst-case scenarios lurking in my mom-mind, and hovering near the top is a child of mine being taken by anyone not meant to have her. I know it’s unlikely, that most abducted children are taken by people they know as opposed to total strangers, that Lenore Skenazy and all Free Range Parents would tell me I needlessly worry about events that have a slim chance of ever happening, but I worry nonetheless. Stories of real, live kidnappings do nothing to help me not worry.
Like the story I read on CNN.com in which a 10-year-old girl in Philadelphia was almost kidnapped earlier this week. Thank goodness the word “almost” is in the previous sentence.
She was walking home from a store on Tuesday with her 2-year-old brother when a man came up behind her and grabbed her away from her little brother, whose hand she had been holding.
The girl fell to the ground, which is when the suspect let go of her and fled in a white car.
The whole incident was caught on a surveillance video, which the Philadelphia Police Department has since put up on their YouTube page. The video shows the man getting out of the white car and following the kids, and then catches him on tape as he grabs the girl.
In the meantime, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of the would-be kidnapper. He is described as a Hispanic male in his 30s or 40s.
“It’s a sick individual to do something like that,” Mayor utter said at a news conference, according to CNN. “I want this creep off our streets immediately.”
You and me both, Mayor Nutter.
Take a look at the video:
Photo & video credit: CNN