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Attempted child abduction starts parent conversation about safety plans


New details in an attempted child abduction in Stevens Point as police continue to search for a man they say tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl. Now, police hope parents take a moment to speak with their children about safety.

Mich, 5, knows what to do if he gets lost.

"Do you remember that rule?" asked Mich's grandmother during their afternoon walk in Stevens Point.

"I look," said Mich.

"Who do you look for?" She asked.

"You," said Mich proudly.

He knows all the answers because his family has made a stranger safety plan.

"We talk to Mich in very general terms about what to do so we don't frighten him of strangers," said Colleen Evans Pomeroy, Mich's grandmother.

But after hearing about an attempted abduction right in their own community, Pomeroy says that conversation is getting more serious.

"With his age he's venturing even further away than where I'm standing or sitting," she said.

Stevens Point Police say a man tried to kidnap an 8-year-old girl. It happened at Pfiffner Park on Sunday. Authorities say the man approached the child and asked her to go with him, but the girl refused.

"The child knew not to go with somebody they didn't know," said Sgt. Paul Piotrowski of the Stevens Point Police Department.

Piotrowski says, if it weren't for that, this situation could have been much worse. Now officers are stressing the importance of talking to your children about strangers.

"Parents should have their child know a small list of trusted people who can pick them up in emergency situations so that the child doesn't go with just anybody," said Piotrowski.

Police also say to have children check with a parent or guardian before going anywhere.

"That way the parents know where their child is, who they're with, what time they'll be back, things like that," said Piotrowski.

Things Mich and his family are ready to talk about.

Police say they are still looking for the man involved. They don't have any leads at this time.

If you have any information regarding this incident you are asked to call the Stevens Point Police Department.

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