Branch Co. Authorities Investigating Attempted Child Abduction


(BETHEL TOWNSHIP) – Authorities are investigating what is being reported as a possible child abduction in Branch County's Bethel Township.

Branch County Sheriff John Pollack says his department was called to Cranson Road just before 4 PM Sunday. A woman told deputies that four men attempted to abduct her two children.

The mother says the men tried to lure her nine year old son and her seven year old daughter into their vehicle. When she saw was was happening, the mother says she went outside to tell the men to leave. She says the driver smiled, waved at her and then drove east on Cranson Road.

The vehicle is a silver or gray mid 2000's model Toyota or Mazda four door car. It has tinted windows and an unknown Michigan license plate. The driver was thought to have a mustache.

The children were not injured. The Steuben County Sheriff's Department helped with the investigation.

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to call the Branch County Sheriff's Department at 517-278-2325, extension 2173.

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