EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated and the man’s image was removed after Fall River police provided new information about the reported incident.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A mother’s report of an attempted child abduction at a Fall River playground Monday may have been a misunderstanding, according to police.
The woman initially told police an unidentified man tried to physically remove her daughter from the monkey bars while she was playing at Kennedy Park. She claimed she had to intervene and remove the man’s hands from her daughter.
Police said that, after speaking with witnesses, it appears the man may have picked her up to help her reach the monkey bars. The mother then reportedly saw the man holding his daughter near the monkey bars and intervened, according to police.
Investigators are still searching for the man in an attempt to get his side of the story.
Anyone who can identify the man is asked to contact Det. Nicholas Custadio at (508) 676-8511 ext. 259. Anonymous tips can be submitted at (508) 672-TIPS (8477).