A 39-year-old man has reportedly been charged after he allegedly tried to abduct a young girl outside a store in Scarborough.
Police Officials were called to a plaza near Warden and Eglinton avenues just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
They say that a man walked into a Marshalls store, built an altar using items on the shelves, and then went outside and attempted to grab a four-year-old girl.
Police say that the mother fought back and prevented the child from being taken.
“This one guy, he followed my daughter,” the woman said. “I didn’t know what’s going on. He just said, ‘I want to take her. I’m going to take her. I love her.’
“He said, ‘I’m sick. I’m not normal. I’m sick.’ He kept saying that … I was so scared, you know. Everybody was screaming, running away.”
The child was not injured.
Just before the alleged incident occurred, police said the man went into a Canadian Tire store, grabbed cans of spray paint and vandalized the floor there.
The suspect was arrested by police in the parking lot and he has been charged with aggravated assault, attempted abduction, and attempted abduction of a child under 14.
Probably one of my biggest fears as a parent, the prospect of Child Abduction is absolutely terrifying but it is important to remember that the chances of such an occurrence are quite slim and most kids actually do pass through childhood safely.
Although this is true, it’s totally natural to worry about you as a parent can stop this from happening to your children.
We often try to protect our kids by saying “Don’t talk to strangers” – but many child abductions involve a relative or someone the child knows.
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