Fake DCFS worker tries to abduct baby


MT. VERNON – A woman posing as an employee of the Illinois Department of
Children and Family Services attempted to kidnap a baby, according to Mt.
Vernon City Police.

According to the police report a resident of 1303 S. 25th Street reported
to police at 1:42 p.m. Saturday that the imposter went to her
babysitter’s earlier in the day and attempted to take the 2-month-old

Once the mother learned of the incident she called DCFS and was told the
woman was not a DCFS employee.

“The local DCFS office had no record of any DCFS employee trying to take
custody of any 2 month-old child at the residence,” Capt. Steve Lamar of
the MVPD said Monday.

Lamar said this has been the only case of such an attempt in the city.

According to the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway
and Throwaway Children an estimated 58,200 children are abducted annually
by nonfamily members.

The most likely target of nonfamily abductions are teenagers and infants
and are most often taken from their home or a hospital by someone who is
childless or just lost a child, according to safetycops.com

“The public is reminded that if a person comes to them identifying
themselves as a DCFS employee they should ask the DCFS person for ID and
if they still have questions the Mt. Vernon Police Department should be
notified,” Lamar said.

The investigation continued on Monday, Lamar said, and several leads have
been developed.

The name of the parent is not being released.

Copyright 2005 – Mt. Vernon Register

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