A MUM has revealed the chilling words a masked child snatcher said to her daughter after she left her in a car for a few minutes,
Stacie Hayward found seven-year-old Codie Bone and her brother Cole, nine, in tears after apparently being approached by two men in Hull, East Yorks.
The frightening incident happened just 10 days before student Libby Squire, 21, went missing on January 31.
Miss Hayward, 32, said she had briefly left her children in the car while she walked an elderly client with dementia to her door.
Moments later her son was banging on the door and through tears told her a man had told his sister: “Come on little girl, come with me. Don’t tell your mum.”
Humberside Police are now investigating the incident, which happened on Newtondale at around 5.30pm on January 21.
Miss Hayward said: “I work with a lady with dementia and I’d picked the kids up from the school and left the car running outside while I went to drop her off at her home.
“I said to the kids ‘you two just wait there, I’m going to take her in.’ I went to the house and then I heard a banging on the door before I saw my lad coming towards me crying and shaking.
“I’d left the car running but they had the keys and everything with them when they were running towards me.”
After calming her children down, Miss Hayward asked what had happened and Cole revealed two men had approached the car.
The siblings had quarrelled and Codie briefly stepped out of the car and at this point a man is believed to have come up to her and said: “Come on little girl, come with me. Don’t tell your mum.”
He came within an inch of her. She told me that when she was asked she said no and jumped straight back into the car.
The terrified schoolgirl then retreated to the car and Cole locked the doors so that neither of the men could get in to the vehicle.
They waited for a minute until the men left before running to their mum.
Miss Hayward said: “He came within an inch of her. She told me that when she was asked she said no and jumped straight back into the car.
“At first, I went ‘don’t lie’ and it didn’t sink in until I got in the car, got home and sat them down to ask them what was wrong because my lad was still crying in the car.
“That is when they told me and I rang the police straight away.
“I was so shocked and upset because you don’t expect something like that to happen. I wasn’t angry and it was more of a shock.”
Police are still looking into the encounter, but Miss Hayward said it has had a huge impact on her two children, particularly Cole.
Miss Hayward said: “My little girl is getting checked for autism so she has no fear for anything and everything goes over her head.
“My lad was pure white after it happened. He was shaking and crying and since then he has had actual panic attacks and once I had to ring an ambulance because he couldn’t breathe.”
According to Miss Hayward’s children, the man who spoke to Codie was wearing dark jeans and a puffy black coat.
She said he had a hat on and a scarf covering his face with only his eyes visible to the two children. He is also believed to be around 5ft 10in tall.
I won’t leave them in the car again. I’d left the car running so they could have taken the car, kids, the lot.
Worried mum Miss Hayward
After the encounter, Miss Hayward has vowed to never leave her children alone in a car again – even if it just for a split second.
Miss Hayward said: “I won’t leave them in the car again. I’d left the car running so they could have taken the car, kids, the lot.
“It was only teatime as well so it’s not as if it was late at night it was literally 5.30pm.
“It’s a shock with what has been going on and I’ve been thinking about it more recently because of what has happened to Libby [Squire].
“It’s scary knowing she has gone and that could have happened to my daughter – that is what has frightened me the most.”
Humberside Police are still investigating the encounter so they can piece together the circumstances of the incident.
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A spokeswoman for the force said: “Officers are investigating reports of an accosting on Newtondale, Hull, at around 5.30pm on Monday, January 21.
“A seven-year-old girl was allegedly approached by a man in the street who spoke to her. The girl then got into her mother’s car and the man left the area.
“Enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances of the incident and we would encourage anyone with any information to call 101 quoting 16/17344/19.”
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