Attempted abduction was a ‘miscommunication’

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Police in Montcalm County say an attempted abduction case at a day care was a miscommunication among the adults.

Police were able to identify the suspicious woman in question Wednesday morning, and determined the children were never in any danger, according to an updated news release in the afternoon.


The original story from Wednesday morning —

Police said the investigation began when the woman arrived at a day care in Reynolds Township near Howard City around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and told staff that she was there to pick up some kids who she named.

Staff told her that a family member had already picked up the children earlier in the day, police said.

The day care staff promptly contacted the parents of the children, and described the woman. The kids’ parents said they did not know the woman, nor did they authorize anybody else to pick up their children.

The parents then called the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the woman fled the scene in a red 2006 or 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, and schools in the area were notified of the incident.

The woman was described as a short, heavy-set, white female in her late 20s or early 30s, with blond hair that was ear-length on the sides and short in the back, and a poor complexion.

The young children were not harmed and had no contact with the suspicious female.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about this incident or recognize the description of the suspect or her vehicle to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989.831.7590.

Police remind parents who use day care facilities to ensure procedures are in place to prevent unauthorized people from picking up their children.

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