When most people think of their child being abducted by a stranger, their mind typically goes to the thought of a dirty old man in a van. Yet it isn’t just men who might be out there stalking their children. Police in Irmo, South Carolina, were on the lookout last week for a woman wearing scrubs with a teddy bear design on them who has been trying to lure preteen boys into her car. According to the police chief, she’s …Continue reading →
In Tremonton, Utah, a man apparently tried to lure children away from North park Elementary School and get them into his car by saying he had candy for them. Police are looking for the suspect. It’s an example of how the old ploys are still being used. It’s also important for parents to remember that for every successful abduction, there around 2 dozen or so reported attempts. An abductor doesn’t need to be successful every time, he only needs to …Continue reading →
A woman who was baby-sitting her two grandchildren had her throat slit by a home intruder, who then sexually assaulted one of the kids. The mother of the two children returned home at around 12:30 A.M. to find her 59 year old mother dead in the garage, lying in a pool of blood. The intruder, identified as Phillip Zagarella, then barricaded himself inside their West Isle, N.Y. home for 14 hours before shooting himself. Apart from the sexual assault, the …Continue reading →
In Menasha, Wisconsin, police say a 23-year-old boy managed to fight off a man who tried to kidnap him. They boy was skateboarding along the sidewalk at the time. He had apparently fallen down, when he was grabbed by a man who tried to drag him into an SUV. The boy was able to get away by hitting, kicking, and clawing at his attacker. To protect your child, be sure to check out the following Stranger Danger resources.
Cases of children being abducted by strangers are a rare occurrence, at least compared to other child safety issues. Yet, for every successful abduction, there are often a dozen or more unsuccessful attempts. This is why it’s so important for parents to be on guard. Often times, an abductor will simply keep trying until he finds the weakest link. Here are some news stories related to abduction attempts: – Click here to learn about how to keep your kids safe …Continue reading →
May 24, 2007 A ten-year-old girl claimed she was approached by a stranger while playing tag with friends in her Pueblo, Colorado neighborhood. The incident happened at around 6:45 P.M., near East Seventh Street and Iola Avenue. The girl said a white man with shoulder-length black hair pulled up and asked her if she needed a ride. The girl said no, but before driving off, the man then prodded, “Are you sure? I’ll give you $100 dollars?” The girl told …Continue reading →