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From Huffington Post:

Authorities say an 11-year-old girl’s request for a “code word” from a would-be kidnapper thwarted her abduction from an Arizona park, offering a chilling lesson for other parents.

The child was walking with a friend in San Tan Valley, southeast of Phoenix, around 4 p.m. on Wednesday when authorities said a white SUV pulled up to them and its male driver urged the girl to get in. The man told the girl that her brother had been in a serious accident and she needed to come with him, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said.

Instead of immediately complying, the girl asked the man for the “code word,” which she had chosen with her parents in case such a situation occurred. The man, not knowing the word, drove away without her.

WIBC’s Hammer and Nigel discussed the terrifying incident Tuesday afternoon:


“You have to have the conversation with your kids. I’m already having the conversation with my kids WEEKLY. If a stranger even talks to you, pulls up in our driveway, if they have a car full of puppies and cotton candy, you scream and run towards the house. 

Now this code word is pretty genius too. So this stranger, this pervert, this monster tells the girl her brother is hurt, but he doesn’t know the code word when she asks and he speeds away. 

This guy needs to be found and put down.”

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