Gardaí probe child snatch attempt in Limerick

Gardaí are continuing a major investigation into a bizarre attempted child snatch in Co Limerick.

The incident occurred in Caherconlish village, about 15km from Limerick City, as a local woman was walking home from school with her daughter.

The young mother, in her 20s, was approached on Barrack Road by a woman in her 30s.

The unknown woman, seemingly distressed, suddenly started to shout and grabbed the five-year-old schoolgirl by the hand, and tried to pull her from here mother.

The girl’s mother managed to hold on to her daughter and the other woman walked away. The woman joined up with a man, also in his 30s, who was standing nearby.

On arriving at her home. the frightened mother contacted the local Garda station.

Garda Kieran Lees carried out a search for the woman involved in the attempted snatch which occurred last Thursday. But it was believed she had left the area.

Follow-up searches have also been conducted and members of the detective unit at Roxboro Road station have assisted with house-to-house inquiries. Officers examined CCTV harvested from a number of outlets in the village and surrounding areas.

Supt Jim Ryan, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, said: “This was a serious incident and the mother was traumatised as well as the little girl over what had occurred.

“We are trying to track her down and we are following a number of different avenues in the investigation.”

Specially-trained gardaí, he said, have spoken to the child who had been collected from school a short time earlier.


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