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A mother speaks about attempted kidnapping
JENISON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A mother is talking to Newschannel 3, detailing her frantic search for her six-year-old stepson after police say he was abducted by an 11-year-old neighbor.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it happened in Jenison around 5:00 pm on Wednesday. The 11-year-old is currently in a juvenile detention facility on charges of attempted false imprisonment and assault.
The stepmother of the six-year-old says the boy was lured away from the home with promises of toys before the 11-year-old grabbed him and ran off.
Sources tell Newschannel 3 that the 11-year-old involved is emotionally impaired and that this isn’t the first run in he’s had with the law. The stepmother of the six-year-old says her son knows the 11-year-old from school and that they have played together a few times.
“I was on my way to the park when a school bus stopped me, said ‘Are you looking for ----?” said the stepmother. “She said ‘He’s all over the radio, one of our other van drivers just spotted him being dragged across the road by one of his classmates.’ And I said, well what am I supposed to do, like where are they, where were they last seen. And she said ‘Hop on the bus, I’ll radio the other buses and see where he was last spotted.’”
With the help of the bus driver, they spotted the boys near the intersection of Chicago Drive and 12th Avenue.
“Then all of a sudden I see ----, he turns around and he looks at me and he just yanks his coat and he starts running,” said the stepmother.
The stepmother says she started calling out as she ran down the tracks.
“I’m like ----, please let him go, he needs to come home, if you let him go no one’s going to get in trouble, and he looks at me and he says ‘Shut up ****, don’t talk to me,’ and I’m like ----, I’m not playing with you, I’m calling the police and you will be in big trouble if you do not let my son go,” said the stepmother. “That’s when he grabbed him in sort of like a headlock or football type hold and just ran out into the middle of Chicago Drive with him.”
It was rush hour, and she knew she had to act fast.
“I was already running trying to get him and I grabbed the tiniest piece of ----‘s coat and just yanked as hard as I could,” said the stepmother. “I just picked him up and started running.”
When that happened, she says the 11-year-old’s demeanor instantly changed.
“He was screaming at me and screaming that he was going to send people over to kill us,” said the stepmother. “He totally flipped and then he was like, ‘It’s okay ----, I’ll see you at school tomorrow ---- we’re still best friends okay.’ That’s when I’m like, this kid has problems.”
She says she then decided to find the boy’s parents.
“I’m not going to call the police on an 11-year-old kid without talking to his parents first,” said the stepmother.
Still frazzled, she walked into the boy’s neighborhood, tightly holding her son.
“As I’m walking up to ----‘s house, I see ---- standing outside with two older men and he says, ‘That’s her, get her,’” said the stepmother.
She immediately turned to leave, but says the 11-year-old followed.
“He’s just screaming profanities, ‘**** my ****, you don’t know me, I ain’t scared of no po-po, go ahead and call them,” said the stepmother.
Then, she says she noticed something even more disturbing.
“The adults that were at the home with him were just laughing,” said the stepmother. “If that were my kid doing something like that, I would have called the police on my own kid.”
The stepmother tells Newschannel 3 that the Jenison School district has already received permission to expel the 11-year-old boy. Newschannel 3 attempted to confirm that information but have not yet been able to.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says the 11-year-old will have a hearing in the next few weeks and will likely stay in custody until then.