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Attempted abduction of girl, 10, reported in Edgewood

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Chris Lower) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Chris Lower)

Police in this Northern Kentucky suburb are investigating the reported abduction of a 10-year-old girl Monday night.

The girl told authorities she was walking on Roundhill Court about 5 p.m. when a man driving a white van approached.

He told her that she needed to get into the van because her mother had been hurt, and he would take the juvenile to her, police wrote in a safety alert sent to media Tuesday morning.

The girl informed the man that it was not possible, and he responded: “I mean your father.” 

When she told him she was going to call police, he drove off.

In a 911 call made after the incident, the girl is noticeably shaken as she explains to dispatchers what happened.

"Was anybody else with you when this happened,” asked a 911 dispatcher.

"No. I just dropped my little cousin off at my house. I was going to go play with my friends,” the girl replied.

The girl went on to tell dispatchers, “"I didn't stop to look or see what he looks like. I just ran."

Monday's incident happened just steps from the police department, and less than a mile from two schools.

"It's very nerve-racking especially knowing that that's a little girl that my kid have played with, knowing it could happen to my kids or any of the other kids in the neighborhood,” said Ed Webb, who lives near where the incident happened.

The incident is similar to one reported in neighboring Grant County last week.

"This is a serious incident but thankfully is something that seldom occurs in our city," police wrote to residents. "We live in a relatively safe community, but we are not immune from the social ills that plague the rest of the world. 

The incident took place less than one mile from R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School and St. Pius X School. Hinsdale officials sent a letter home with students Tuesday saying the school's safety policies and procedures had been reviewed in light of the incident. 

"Please take the opportunity to discuss such situations with your children/grandchildren. Consider developing a safety plan with them. A safety plan should include what to do if approached by a stranger and possibly a code word that could be used to let the child know if an adult is to be trusted. If you have any information that may be relevant to this case or if you observe suspicious activity, don't hesitate to call. In an emergency, dial 911. For non-emergency situations, contact an Edgewood Police officer via the Kenton County Dispatch Center at 859-356-3191."

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