Child abduction caught on camera, toddler saved by older siblings

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Sprague, WA – Police in Washington State are searching for a man that was last seen running down the street, clutching a toddler he snatched from a park.

Thanks to surveillance cameras on the route, police have a clear picture of the suspect.

But it’s because of the toddler’s older siblings that the boy is home and safe.

Michael Wright, says he left his three kids with the babysitter yesterday while he was at work.  Ten-old-year Brenden, Eight-year old Delicia and 22-month-old Owen were unsupervised and playing in a park near the sitter’s house. In a close-knit town of 500, it’s usually a safe place for children, but that wasn’t the case yesterday.

Wright told KXLY, “I can’t explain the feeling, the anxiety and everything that goes into finding out your child is missing or something has happened to them.”

Sheriff’s Deputies say a man scooped up Owen out of the stroller. Surveillance video from a grocery store shows the kidnapper running, child in arms with the siblings following.

“This little girl come running around the corner screaming her head off.” Said witness Dorthy Giddings.

Giddings was working nearby. She says once realized what was happening she sent her grandson and his friend to chase the man. She says it must have been an act of god when the kidnapper dropped little Owen in a vacant lot.

Despite the chase, the kidnapper got away. The sheriff’s office is now following up on leads. Wright urges anyone with information to come forward, before it can happen to someone else.

“I’m remorseful for anybody out there that has to go through this situation because now that I’ve done it, been through it. I don’t wish it upon anybody.” Said Wright.

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