A Texas mother posted online about an alleged attempt to kidnap her child in a grocery store.
Amanda Florczykowski of Longview reported that a woman approached her at the checkout and made her feel uncomfortable, according to Independent Journal Review.
Florczykowski took to Facebook to share her story:
...I got in the check-out line at a local store early afternoon. I took my daughter out of the cart and the couple ahead struck up the typical conversation about how "cute your daughter is" and then asked about her age, repeatedly. I initially was understanding of what I assumed was a cultural barrier, but I quickly became uncomfortable with the woman's body language and close proximity to my cart/kids.
I picked my daughter up only to have the woman ask if she could hold her. The woman was so close at this point that my toddler reached her arms around the woman before I could really respond
In an instant her proximity finally changed and she backed away. I grabbed back on to my daughter as the woman was saying, "Say bye to mommy" - what an unusual comment to provoke a child to say. The woman resisted returning her when I physically pulled my daughter from her arms.
Florczykowski added that she saw another man hanging around a nearby checkout and staring at her, but he did not have any groceries, which increased her suspicions.
“Know their conversation began immediately with me and this all took place over only a few moments,” she wrote.
No proof that the couple intended to take Florczykowski’s child was reported.
While popular perceptions are that children are more at risk from strangers, some statistics tell a different story. An estimated 90 percent of incidents of child abuse are carried out by family members and take place in the home, not in public, according to Slate.
Florczykowski proposes a number of signs to look for to reduce the threat of abduction, including people checking out at stores with items of low value and people who follow you to your car or your home. She hopes her experience would make people cautious, but not fearful.