High Park attempted abduction report a 'misunderstanding,' police say
Police say Good Samaritan had picked up crying child at castle park, was looking for parent
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.