DENVER (CBS4) – For Kristy Scarbrough’s 9-year-old daughter, a day of playing at a friend’s house quickly turned to terror when she started on her walk back home.
“It could have been the last time I ever saw my child,” Scarbrough said. “It was just very crazy and very hard as a mom and … emotional.”
Her daughter was just across the street from their front door when she says a man jumped out of his car and tried to abduct her.
“He grabbed her by the waist and picked her up and she started kicking and screaming,” she said.
Scarbrough said she thinks the attacker probably didn’t like that the girl was causing a scene because he apparently told her daughter to be quiet. When the girl didn’t stop he let her go.
“My daughter looked upset and terrified and was sobbing and when asked her what was wrong and she started crying harder,” Scarbrough told CBS4. “(She said) some guy tried stealing her.”
Their home is less than a block away from a playground. The streets of the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood are typically safe, but Scarbrough wants to warn parents never to let their guard down.
“You hear that and and you know it happens, you just think it will never happen to you and it is an eye opener. It definitely makes you realize no matter what area you live in you’ve got to make sure your kids are protected,” Scarbrough said.
Police are still looking for the person responsible. They have a very vague description — a tall, thin, black man with a goatee.