Police clarify alleged child abduction attempt

Middlebury Police have clarified a Dec. 9 report of an alleged child abduction, according to a news release. The police claimed a number of inquiries and the amount of inaccurate information in the community as a reason for the special statement issued by Chief Thomas Hanley. Hanley did not identify the source of the inaccurate information. On Dec. 9, at around 5 p.m., the Middlebury Police Dept. responded to a report of an alleged attempted child abduction from a residence on Weybridge Street in Middlebury. The incident involved a 9-year-old female, an 11-year-old male, and a male adult. The girl was playing outside with her brother at the Weybridge Street residence. The brother was in the back of the house at the time of the incident. The children were alone and without adult supervision. The girl reported that an adult, described as a tall, skinny male wearing blue jeans, a black winter jacket, and a dark-colored winter hat, grabbed her from behind. She turned around thinking it was her brother. She saw the adult male and screamed and started running toward the house. The girl reportedly tripped and fell and the adult male tried to grab her feet. She kicked at the man and was able to get back up and run into the house. The brother heard his sisters scream while he was on the back porch. The boy saw someone trying to grab his sisters foot. He also ran inside the house and locked the door. Police did not locate any person matching the description of the adult man. Anyone with information relevant to this investigation should contact Middlebury Police officers Peter Newton, Bill Austin or Vegar Boe at (802) 388-3191.

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