Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Sumter Police say they have arrested a woman for attempting to kidnap a two-year old child.
According to officials, officers were called to the A&P Coastal Mart on Boulevard Road on November 12th after a mother called saying that a female tried to grab her toddler.
On Wednesday morning police located 41-year old Wanda Grinnell. Grinnell was transported to the Sumter Regional Detention Center and is charged with Attempted Kidnapping.
Sumter Police encourage all parents and guardians to follow these steps to reduce the chance of child abduction:
- Always keep children within eye sight
- Do not leave children unattended
- Teach children to never talk to a stranger; run away and tell a trusted adult
- Teach children never to answer the door or tell callers when they are home alone
- Teach children not to give out personal information (i.e. Name, Address,) to someone they don't know
- Keep a recent photo or video of your child for law enforcement if your child becomes missing
- Invest in fingerprint/DNA kit to assist investigators
- Know potential risks living in your area; visit www.sled.sc.gov (click on sex offender registry) to find out if sex offenders reside near your neighborhood
Chief Roark also asks that anyone with information concerning this incident or any of a similar nature involving the same female suspect is asked to contact the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2717 or Crime Stoppers (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIMESC.