Arrest over attempt to abduct toddler in busy supermarket
Gardaí have arrested a man in his 60s after he allegedly tried to abduct a two-year-old child from a south Dublin supermarket.
The abduction attempt was allegedly carried out in the Lidl Supermarket in Terenure, Dublin 6, on February 26.
Gardaí received a report that a man had tried to lure the two-year-old boy out of the busy store while his mother was shopping.
The child's mother has alleged that she let go of her son's hand for a brief moment while pushing a shopping cart.
She turned around to see an elderly man leading the young boy by the hand out of the supermarket.
The man was then approached by the mother and he released the child's hand before leaving the premises.
A complaint about the incident was made the following day at Terenure garda station.
As part of their investigation gardaí reviewed CCTV of the incident that was caught on cameras within the store.
Following their inquiries, gardaí arrested a man in his 60s last Wednesday in relation to the allegation.
He was questioned for several hours before being released without charge.
A file will be prepared for the DPP to consider if any charges will be brought.
The arrested man had not come to the attention of gardaí previously and officers are carrying out an extensive probe into the incident.
A source said that the young child was left "extremely shaken" by the incident and that the attempted abduction has led to serious concern among parents in the area.
A Garda spokesman told the Irish Independent: "On February 27, gardaí in Terenure received a report that there had been an attempted abduction of a young child at a premises on the Rathfarnham Road, Terenure on February 26.
"The incident occurred at approximately 4.20pm.
"A male was arrested on March 1 and detained in Terenure under the provisions of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 as amended.
"He was released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP."