Parents in Dublin have been urged to remain vigilant following the alleged attempted abduction of a three-year-old little girl.
The incident is said to have occurred in the Sandycove area of Dun Laoghaire, while the tot was out flying a kite with her grandfather.
A Facebook status shared by a friend of the family revealed that the grandfather took his eyes off of the child for ‘less than a minute’; when he looked back, he saw a couple leading the child away towards a car.
The status read: “Granddad, in a state of shock, ran over and took the girl away and nobody exchanged words. Speaking to the girl, she said the lady gave her a sweet and asked if she’d ‘like to go to a party in a hot air balloon.’”
According to the Facebook poster, the gardaí have been notified but the child’s family are eager to spread the word across social media, so as to warn other parents.
Thank heavens there wasn’t a more sinister ending to this report.