Police: Young boy involved in attempted abduction

- Authorities in Cobb County are investigating an attempted abduction which police said involved a young boy trying to pull a 6-year-old boy into a nearby car.

It happened on Hawk Trace Court the evening of Sept. 11. Cobb County police said the 6-year-old boy was riding his bike in the cul de sac near his home when he was approached by boy believed to be about 10 years old. The older boy grabbed the 6-year-old’s arm and tried to drag him into a vehicle, but the younger boy was able to break free and ran to his home.

"It was a male driver, a female passenger, and a boy he thought was around the ages of 8 or 9. [He] got out of the car and approached him and said 'can you please get in the car with me?'" Melanie Jones, the mother of the 6-year-old boy, said. "My son said 'no' and he said no, the boy tried to drag him into the car. And then he hit the other boy...to get away. And the boy hit him back so he has bruises on his arms from where the boy grabbed him and tried to pull him into the car."

Police said the waiting vehicle, described as a white 4-door sedan, then sped off with the older boy. Investigations said a man was behind the wheel and a woman in the passenger side.

“They must be coaching him into it in some way you would think it's not a child's nature to grab another child and try to pull them into a car unless they're told to do so,” said Jones.

“It does seem different. It's certainly concerning, but again, with limited information, it's really hard to speculate what the child was doing, what relationship he may have with the adults in the car,” said Cobb County Police Lt. Nathan McCreary.

“I'm just worried for my kids to play outside by themselves, it’s just, it’s scary,” Jones said.

Anyone with information should call the Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Children’s Unit at 770-801-3470.

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