It is the most terrifying nightmare for any parent. Each day, children are abducted from playgrounds, homes and schools across the country. There seems to be an epidemic were sick individuals are increasingly abducting children in this nation.
Another story of tragedy almost took place at a Wal-mart in Bremen, Georgia. Seven-year-old Brittney Baxter was innocently looking through the toy aisle, being entertained as any seven-year-old child would be. Then, horror. It is all captured on tape. A stranger comes up behind Brittney Baxter and places his hands over her mouth.
Authorities identified the man in the video as 25-year-old Thomas Andrew Woods, who was purportedly just released from custody after serving a sentence for manslaughter. The video clearly shows the suspect attempting to subdue the little girl. But Brittney Baxter fought hard.
“I was kicking and screaming, and then he put his hand over my mouth, but I kept kicking,” Baxter reported in an interview with CBS Atlanta.
Baxter was able to escape her would-be abductor and from surveillance, local authorities were able to arrest their suspect.
This story is a great reminder to parents: do not let your children wander alone in a store. A cursory review of the daily headlines Nancy Grace is screaming about on HLN should be a very stinging reminder that every day, children are being abducted and careless parenting may be a contributing cause. Do not let your seven-year-old wander out of your sight in a store.
Many of these cases seem to be a ‘but I just turned my back for a few seconds’ type of report when tragedy has occurred. Thanks to God that this little girl has so much fight in her and is safe, but we must do all we can to prevent these situations from happening as parents.