Mom intervenes as man attempts to abduct her 4-year-old son at Aquatica

Mom heard son scream 'Mommy' as man took him out of locker room

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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted kidnapping that occurred at Aquatica park last week after a woman saw a man taking her son out of one of the locker rooms.

SeaWorld, however, denies the woman's account of what happened.

The mother told deputies that she was near the front of the park in a locker room with her 4-year-old son when she heard him start to scream "Mommy."

She said as she turned around to open the locker, she heard her son screaming. When she turned around, she saw him being pulled out of the locker room by an unidentified white man.

Deputies said the man is described as a 6-foot 2-inch white man between 30 and 40 years of age with brown hair. He was wearing blue swim trunks.

According to the report, the man had the 4-year-old by the wrist and was pulling him toward a crowd of people. The woman chased after her son, continuing to scream his name.

She told deputies that nobody helped her and the man never turned around to acknowledge her screams.

Deputies said the woman caught up to them and kicked the man in the back of the leg to let go of her son.

Park security then intervened and spoke to both the mother and the man, according to the report.

The mother and her son were escorted out of the park, officials said. 

Aquatica security told deputies there was no record of the incident. 

"The allegation was not reported to security at the park or law enforcement, and videos are inconsistent with her account. The safety and security of our guests is our top priority, and we are fully cooperating with the Orange County Sheriff’s office to assist in any way we can," a SeaWorld spokesperson said in a statement.

The woman said that she would be able to identify the man if she saw him again.

If anyone has any information regarding the incident, they are urged to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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