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Police search for suspect in alleged abduction attempt
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An attempted kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl has Battle Creek parents on edge tonight.
Police tell us it happened Sunday, just before 6:00 p.m. at Piper Park, near Capital Avenue Northeast.
The babysitter told Newshcannel 3 that one of the kids wanted to take a baseball bat to play with and for protectionshe says that decision helped save that little girl.
19-year-old Lynae Fuller says she took her friends 5 children to Piper Park Sunday, and had her back turned for only a few seconds after taking a 3-year-old girl off the swing.
I had just set her down, and I said little stay right here and let me grab this stuff, well this old man came and picked her up, so I was like what are you doing? And he wouldnt say nothing, so I said well youre going to put her down, and I picked up the baseball bat that was sitting right there, and I said otherwise Im going to hurt you with this.
Fuller says the strange man dropped the girl and then ran through the park to his white Ford van and sped off.
There was other kids at the park saying what just happened? And I was explaining to them what happened, and I said you guys might want to get home.
Fuller says she ran to a nearby house and dialed 9-1-1, then she called the childrens mother at work.
Its a phone call that no parent wants to get.
She said some guy tried to get Gabby and I was like what are you talking about? What do you mean some guy? the girl's mother told Newschannel 3.
The mother tells us she has no idea who the man is.
I didnt sleep last night, honestly I felt like my whole world shattered, she said. Thankful, so thankful that shes ok.
Now the park will never be a relaxing place for this mother, and she has this advice for other parents:
Please be careful with your loved ones, you never know when something bads going to happen.
Police are describing the suspect as a white man in his 60s.
He has white hair and a white beard and is about 5 foot 6. Hes about 160 pounds and was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.
He was last seen driving a white ford van with an eagle on the license plate.
Tomorrow police are expected to release a sketch of the suspect. In the meantime, if you see this man, call Battle Creek Police right away.