The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is stressing the importance of teaching children about “stranger danger” after a mother reported her 5-year-old was approached by a stranger at the Carsins Run Sports Field in Aberdeen last Saturday. The man asked the boy to help him find something in a nearby cornfield. The boy’s mother stopped the boy and the stranger disappeared into the cornfield. For parents who spend weekends with one eye on their child’s sports event and the other eye on siblings playing on the sidelines, the sheriff’s office suggests you review with your children these safety tips from the AmberWatch foundation: http://bit.ly/nxXGa8. Click here to download a “Be Safe!” workbook: http://bit.ly/reuAXS
Here are the details from the sheriff’s office on Saturday’s incident:
(Aberdeen, MD – September 21, 2011) At approximately 4pm on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Carsins Run Sports Field located at 500 Carsins Run Rd in Aberdeen MD, it was reported to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Child Advocacy Center that a mother witnessed her 5 year old son walking with an unidentified male towards a cornfield near the sports fields. The mother called out for her son, who returned to her and the male quickly disappeared into the cornfield. The young boy told his mother that the male had asked him to help him find something he had lost. The male was not known to any of the other parents at the sporting event.
He is described as a white male, age 45-50, approximately 5’07”-5’09”, 185-200 lbs with short dark hair. He is further described to have a weathered face with a salt and pepper, scruffy beard. He was last seen wearing a green baseball cap, a grey pullover hooded sweatshirt, khaki shorts and sneakers. Anyone who believes they may have additional information as to the identity of the described individual is encouraged to contact the Child Advocacy Center at 410-638-3294.
While there is no evidence of any crime being committed, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind parents and guardians to make sure they share information with their children regarding “Stranger Danger,” as well as, to be ever vigilant in their children’s interaction with others. Visit the Harford County Sheriff’s Office at www.harfordsheriff.org to download a “Be Safe” workbook for kids provided by the Amber Watch Foundation.