On Wednesday a 7-year-old girl fought off an alleged kidnapping attempt in a Georgia Wal-Mart. The little girl started kicking and screaming until he put her down. (Good for her!!)
“According to police, Thomas Andrew Woods, 25, of Austell, started talking to Brittney Baxter in the toy aisle of the Wal-Mart and then grabbed her and put his hand around her mouth.”
“But Brittney kicked and screamed, and the man let her go, police said. Neither she nor her mother, who was nearby in the store, was injured.”
” ‘When she told me someone had tried to get her, I just couldn’t believe it,” Brittney’s mother, Georgeann Baxter, told Channel 2 Action News.”
“Store surveillance cameras captured the incident, and based on the description of the suspect’s vehicle, police located Woods a few miles away in Tallapoosa, Pesnell said.”
“Woods was charged with attempted kidnapping, and additional charges are likely, Pesnell said. The suspect was being held in the Haralson County Jail. GBI agents are assisting with the investigation.”
“Woods was released in October from the Wheeler Correctional Facility, where he had been since April 2007 following his manslaughter conviction in DeKalb, according to the state Department of Corrections. He was placed on probation after serving out his sentence. Earlier reports that Woods was out on parole were incorrect, according to Steve Hayes, spokesman for the state Board of Pardons and Parole.”
“According to DeKalb County jail records, Woods, previously of Tucker, was arrested in October 2004, three months after the crime for which he was convicted. He was 17 years old at the time.”
“The Bremen police chief praised Brittney’s actions.”
” ‘She did exactly what we teach the little ones to do at a time like that,’ Pesnell told Channel 2.”
So should parents show this video to their kids (or at least tell them about it) so they know what to do in case a stranger does the same thing to them?
Would it have more of an impact to actually show the video than tell the kids?
Would it be too upsetting to them to show them?
Will you show it? And to what age child?