You would probably think that two little girls playing in a playground with their own mother and father watching them would be safe. But you just never really know.
Last week, dad Kelly Davis and mom Amanda Green took their two girls to the playground in downtown Chicago and were standing right near them when a man came close to them muttering the words, “This is my daughter, Goldilocks.”
Before Davis knew it, he alleges that the man, James Gates, 55, punched David in the face and grabbed his 2-year-old blond haired daughter, Myla, and tried to kidnap her. The men wrestled and eventually Davis was able to rescue his daughter from the man’s grip.
Davis then left the his children with their mother in the playground and ran after Gates who had tried to get away. Davis caught up with Gates a few blocks later and was able to retain him until police arrived.
Davis says Gate was determined to take his daughter:
“He was so fixated. . .He was walking past us and pretty much making a bee line” for little Myla, who has a head of blond curls. “I have no doubt that if I had my back turned, he would have grabbed her and she would have been gone in the city and I would have never seen her again.”
The NY Daily News reports that Gates has since been charged with kidnapping and battery, and is currently being held on $150,000 bail.
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