Thursday 21 September 2017

'I dragged her back from him' - Mother's horror as daughter (2) taken from buggy in shopping centre

Ilac Centre Dublin
Ilac Centre Dublin

Daniel O'Connor

A two-year old girl was the subject of an attempted abduction in the Ilac Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon, her mother has claimed.

Speaking to the FM104 Phoneshow last night, a woman spoke about how she was walking through the Ilac at 5pm yesterday when a man, believed to be in his 20s, attempted to grab her two year old daughter.

“This man just walks right in front of [my daughter] and picks her up under her two arms and goes to walk away,” she sad.

“He thought I was so far away from her that he could just walk away with her…I reacted so fast though and dragged her back away from him.”

“It just happened so quickly. It was two seconds and that was it.”

When confronted, she says the man told her “I just want to kiss her. She reminds me of my daughter, I just want to kiss her.”

“You hear about these things online and on Facebook, but when it comes to your own doorstep it’s very frightening,” she said.

She then went on to describe how she called Gardaí and waited outside the centre when the man came back and approached her again.

“He said ‘Please don’t call the police. I didn’t do anything wrong, I just wanted to kiss your child. She’s beautiful’,” she said.

Gardaí came to the centre and took a statement from her, who also said she was told security guards knew of the man from being around the Ilac Shopping Centre regularly.

She said An Garda Síochána have been given CCTV images obtained from security at the Ilac of the man believed to be involved in this attempted kidnapping.

A senior source said gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the incident.

"CCTV shows that a man picked the child out of a pram and walked a short distance before the mother saw what was happening.

"He then returned with he child."

Speaking to Independent.ie, a Garda spokesperson confirmed that they had taken statements at the scene of the incident, but refused to confirm that his image had been circulated amongst local stations.

“Images of this nature would normally be circulated amongst Garda stations in a situation like this, although that would be a private matter,” a Garda spokesperson said.

The suspect is described as a man mid in his mid 20s of East European descent. He was with another man who appeared to be in his 40s.

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