Mother stops child snatcher

2012-11-22 00:00

A MERE second may have meant the difference between her five-year-old daughter being abducted or being safe.

That’s what an Orient Heights mother believes after an unknown man tried to lure her child late on Monday afternoon.

The woman, who asked not to be named for the safety of her family, said that she received the shock of her life when a man who had made it into her back yard called her daughter to come to him.

“I got home and when I was making dinner, I decided to go outside and bring in the washing,” she told The Witness from her home on Tuesday evening.

She said after telling her domestic worker that she was going to go outside to get the washing, her daughter, who she described as a livewire around the house, picked up the laundry basket and went outside ahead of her.

“When I got to the back, there was a man in our back yard who was calling her. I immediately started screaming, and he yelled at me ‘Go, I want her!’.

“I then screamed louder and neighbours came out. When the neighbours came, he ran,” she added.

They then called the police who responded along with officers from an armed response security company.

Describing the moment she saw the man try to lure her daughter, she said: “It was like she was in a trance and she was actually going towards him.

“It was the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had. I’ll never forget how he looks.”

Her husband — who had left for Johannesburg the day before — returned home immediately after hearing of the incident.

He was only due to come back next week.

This was just another incident that has left the family feeling unsafe in the neighbourhood.

On Sunday, the day before the near abduction, a number of men had tried to gain entry into their home while the husband was away on business.

“I don’t feel safe any more. I don’t even let my daughter play outside any more,” she added.

Recalling the incident all over again, she said: “It wasn’t something small. If I was a second late, he could have taken my child. This will haunt me for the rest of my life.”

Childline’s KwaZulu-Natal director Linda Naidoo said there were a great deal of vulnerabilities for children in the province.

Especially with the festive season approaching, parents need to be aware of where their children are.

“Parents need to watch where their children play.

“It’s important that they are always vigilant about where their children are.

“This is a very important issue,” Naidoo said.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said they were aware of the incident.

She advised parents to take extra precaution in ensuring their children’s safety during the festive season.

“Anyone who witnesses suspicious persons or activity is requested to urgently contact the police emergency numbers,” she said.

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