Are Preteens Being used by Child Predators to Abduct Young Children?
OHIO — June 26, 2018
It is possible our readers could be facing a completely new threat. Two reported suspicious encounters involving two young children at two different local parks have parents feeling uneasy and hyper-aware.
An Anderson Township mom said she was at Beech Acres Park with her four-year-old son and her one-year-old daughter when a 10- to 13-year old girl approached them. Erin (the mom) said the girl repeatedly tried to grab hold of her toddler, claiming she wanted to help her around the water park.
"I was holding (my daughter's) hand and the other little girl was trying to take her other hand and take her," Erin said.
Erin said the older child continued to try and take the child, at one point even asking: "Can I have her now?"
After about 10 to 15 minutes, according to Erin, the unknown child, soaked from head to toe, got into a white van that drove off in a hurry. The encounter made Erin feel extremely uneasy
A Western Hills mother, who asked to remain anonymous, said her family went through a similar experience at a graduation party. The mom said that a stranger came up to her three-year-old who was playing with another kid at Dunham Park in Price Hill. The stranger, again, was about 10- to 13-years-old.
"She got up and motioned for the little girls to follow her. My child followed," the Western Hills mother said.
The mom sprung into action, however, and stopped her little girl from leaving, then watched the unknown older child continue towards a van, get in it, and leave.
"Is this little girl trying to lure my child away? Was it an innocent play date?" the mother said. "Would these parents have taken her?"
After comparing notes, the two moms believe there were different vans and different children involved.
"It's really scary to hear the similarities in the vehicles, and the young girls were the same age," Erin said.
"Have the hard talk with your kids – because it's better safe than sorry," Erin said.
Erin told said that she talked with a sheriff's deputy who took information and has been patrolling. The Western Hills mother said she reached out to Cincinnati Police, but they didn't take a report.
The definite eerie links between the two reports should encourage local parents to be cautious around anyone they don't know, no matter their age.
Hopefully we are not dealing with a new method of child abduction.