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High Park attempted abduction report a 'misunderstanding,' police say

A report of a possible abduction attempt in High Park last Saturday afternoon was "a misunderstanding," police now say.

Police say Good Samaritan had picked up crying child at castle park, was looking for parent

Police said Wednesday a report of an attempted abduction at High Park last Saturday was "a misunderstanding." (Submitted by Chris New)

A report of a possible abduction attempt in High Park last Saturday afternoon was "a misunderstanding," police now say.

On Tuesday, Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu told CBC News a well-dressed woman was involved in an altercation with a father and his child near the Jamie Bell Adventure Park — known to many as the "castle playground" — but didn't provide further details.

Sidhu said it was unclear what exactly happened, but the situation was "definitely alarming … especially at March break."

In a statement issued Wednesday, police said "that there was no child abduction, there was a misunderstanding, and this investigation is now resolved."

Several parents who frequent the park were on high alert yesterday, and Coun. Sarah Doucette — whose ward includes High Park — took to Facebook to allay their fears.

Doucette wrote that she'd spoken with Supt. Heinz Kuck from 11 Division who explained what happened.

"After a full investigation it appears that the child was crying after falling in the playground a Good Samaritan picked the child up and walked around looking for a parent. It was at that time that she was approached by the father," Doucette wrote. "The child is safe, the 'suspect' is cleared."

Police say the incident is a good reminder for parents to keep a close eye on their children in public. 

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