A mother in Northumberland County got a scare when a woman posing as a Children and Youth worker allegedly tried to take her little girl.
She said that the woman did not have an ID badge and refused to give her name, saying only that she was a Northumberland County Children and Youth worker.
Police say that at one point the woman tried to get inside the house to grab the toddler.
Jasmine Tucker says that she’s never seen the woman who tried to take her daughter but the woman however, knew the child’s name.
“I said, ‘can I have your name?’ and she said no. I said, ‘can I have your identification?’ and she said, ‘legally, I don’t have to give that to you,’ and I said, ‘yes, you do.”
The stranger informed Tucker she was taking 2-year-old Brynlee to her rightful, legal grandparents.
“‘What is the reason you’re taking my daughter for?” Tucker asked. “She said, ‘we heard you are pimping her out for drug money.'”
Tucker says the scariest part came next. The woman pushed past her almost into her house. Tucker pushed her daughter out of the way.
“I whipped my phone out to take a picture of her and she slapped my phone out of my hands and by the time I picked it up to try and take a picture, she was running down that way.”
Tucker’s Mother Lisa Phistner was at work in Elysburg and rushed home.
“So proud of my daughter,” said Phistner, “aA lot of people wouldn’t think to ask for an ID and say you need to show me an ID. When it comes to Children and Youth, parents are just scared.”
Northumberland County Children and Youth verified the fact that a caseworker always has identification when making contact with someone.
The badges will always the caseworker’s name on it, along with their ID number. It also says “Children and Youth.”
Northumberland County Children and Youth is working closely with Milton police in this case.
The woman has been described as having an average build, 35 to 45 years old, 140 pounds, blonde shoulder-length wavy hair, brown eyes, wearing a red t-shirt and blue jeans.
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