An 18-month-old baby girl came close to being abducted in Yuen Long over the weekend, an incident that has prompted a scare among parents in the neighborhood.
On Saturday, a toddler was walking along with her mother on Hong King Street when a middle-aged woman suddenly grabbed the child from behind and tried to take her away, Headline Daily reports.
The shocked mother, 25, hit the suspected abductor with an umbrella in a bid to prevent her from fleeing.
The abductor, who was said to be speaking with a strong mainland Chinese accent, then dropped the child onto the ground and sought to flee from the scene.
However, two construction workers nearby came and held the woman, who is believed to be in her 40s or 50s.
According to Ming Pao Daily News, the workers did not call the police, but instead let the woman go after a warning.
The mother, meanwhile, also rushed off as she sought medical treatment for her daughter who suffered minor scratches in the incident that took place in the afternoon.
According to some witnesses cited by Ming Pao, the suspected abductor was heard saying “why did you stop me from seeing my grandchild?” during the tussle with the toddler’s mother.
It is not known if the attacker was a mentally ill person.
The child’s mother later shared her story on Facebook, saying that her daughter might have been kidnapped had it not been for the intervention of the construction workers.
She later decided to report the case to the police as was she worried that someone else might fall victim to the kidnapper.
The police classified the case as suspected kidnapping and are looking for the woman involved.
Yuen Long District Councilor Siu Long-ming said there had been no child kidnapping cases in the area in the recent past.
However, given the reported incident Saturday, he called on the police to step up patrols in the district.
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