Abduction Prompts Parents to Teach Children about "Stranger Danger"

Corpus Christi (Kiii News) - As police search for the suspects involved in the abduction of an 11 year old girl on the city's southside, parents teach their children how to react when approached by a stranger.  We spoke with Sandra Arredondo who lives on the corner where the child was taken.  She recalls hearing the screams from the little girl when she was abducted Thursday night. Arredondo said, "we just heard the screams and the loud motor.  It was real real loud and I thought, what's going on?"  Arredondo is a mother of five children.  When we caught up with her, she was in the middle of teaching her kids about stranger danger.  3 News anchor Bill Churchwell asked the kids, "Are you suppose to talk to strangers?"  They replied in unison, "No! You never talk to strangers!"

Police say its an important conversation every family should have with their children.  Officer Kirk Stowers had the following tips parents can share with their kids.  "Keep your distance from strangers.  If they come close, be vocal and say, you're getting too close to me!  I don't know you!"  He says the child should scream to attract attention and run to a safe location like home or a school and tell an adult.  Stowers also says its important to remember details about the suspect, including what the person was wearing, and what kind of car the person was in.  Stowers told 3 News about the latest abduction, "this is the most important type of crime a police officer can investigate.  We're going to do everything we can to apprehend these individuals."


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