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Monroe Co. family calls for area clean-up after attempted kidnapping

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Doramilaes Smith had to see the spot firsthand where her 7-year-old son said a homeless Monroe Township man tried to bring him on Saturday night.  The concerned mom says her son and some teenagers in the family were riding their bikes behind the Kroger shopping plaza on South Monroe Street to get to a nearby restaurant.
    
Some of the kids knew the homeless man who lived in this area, and invited him to come with them.  But when one of the older children noticed the man trying to force the boy into the woods, he jumped into action and grabbed the child.  According to the group, the suspect claimed to be the father of the little boy. 

"If a kid was back here, you can't hear them if they were screaming or anything," says Smith pointing to the barely visible trail in the wooded area.  "If he wasn't with nobody, he probably would have been gone."

The 7-year-old did not suffer any injuries but parents notified the Monroe County Sheriff's Office immediately.  Officers took the 18-year-old suspect into custody Sunday morning and charged him with attempted kidnapping.  They will not release his identity until after arraignment later on this week.

Parents who live in the area called it a scary reality check about the dangers that exist for children.

"It makes you concerned, afraid to even let your children go too far," says Rhonda Stanley who has two older children.

"I am a parent and I think about all the kids that are in our community," says another parent, Ty Fisher.  "You worry about them."

Doramilaes Smith is grateful her child is alright, but says the overgrown wooded area is dangerous because it's so secluded.

"They say it may be somebody's property, well make them clean it up," she comments.  "He could have been bringing more kids back here. He could have already brought more kids back here and we just don't know about it."

The incident is still under investigation with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. If you have any information, call (734) 240-7530 or (734) 240-7548.

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