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Reported abduction attempt puts school on edge


ELYRIA — An alleged abduction attempt Friday has some parents of Prospect Elementary School students on alert.

At 8:52 a.m. Friday, officers were sent to Prospect when two children reported hearing a stranger call to them from an older, four-door black vehicle.

An 11-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother were walking to school down University and Indiana avenues when the vehicle pulled up and a passenger in the car said the girl’s name and asked her to come to the car, according to a police report.

The girl told police she walked back to her brother when the man in the car said, “Come on … Don’t do this to me.”

The vehicle left when she did not walk to the car, police said. A witness who saw the incident took the children to school.

Police spoke with the children’s grandmother, who said she believes the man who approached the children was the girl’s father. The girl had not seen her father in two years, and the grandmother has custody of the child, according to the report.

Prospect Elementary School Principal Chuck Sanfilippo said although the grandmother believed the alleged abductor was the girl’s father, the school still wanted parents to be cautious.

“We really don’t have any idea who it was because the little girl hasn’t seen her father in years,” he said.

The school sent out a letter to parents Friday morning, warning them of the incident and advising them to be on the lookout for the car. Sanfilippo said the children are now taking the bus to school as an extra precaution.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or

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