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06/17/2010

Good Samaritan or attempted abduction?

An Orlando teen who tried to help a child he thought was lost was arrested and is facing a first-degree felony charge of false imprisonment. Surveillance video shows the teen, who is 6-feet tall, approaching the girl at a Burlington Coat Factory. There are also race questions involved in the case. CLICK HERE to watch Good Morning America's report, then let us know what you think. You could see your comments on Eyewitness News.

Comments

Patty W

Why didn't he take the girl to HIS mother who was in the store? Why didn't he take the girl to a sales counter or salesperson? The news story said the girl's mother complained about the young man taking her child out of the store. To take a 3 year old out of the store could have exposed her to additional dangers. 30 years ago a someone walked out of a store with 6 year old John Walsh and days later his body was found. A teen walked off with a little boy in England -- and killed him. The store and the police had to be diligent and thorough.

Luis Rodriguez

could it be that the mother of this child is trying to get the attention off her for leaveing the young child on her own

L Jones

The kid was just trying to help the kid find her mother. The police officer definitely does not care about black people. IF it was a white guy it would have been a different story. He is definitely a recist, and I am sure that other black kids will think twice before trying to help anyone.

Mayra

The boy should not have taken that little girl out of the store. He should have contacted an employee. I think this kid had other intentions.

Tom

I find it odd that if this 14yr. old was being a good Samaritan he would have the brains to take a lost child to a store rep. NOT leave the building with said child. The report said the mother saw or heard the 14yr. old call her child BUT when the police were called and did their job your report leans toward BIAS, reporting right away the officers past involvement with blacks. Was he found guilty in any of those events? Does it have anything to do with this case NO NO and NO.. Were the findings of facts about his past ever reported here NO AGAIN!! Hang the police for doing what they can and tarnish the issue with race. Did he know this 14yr. old was black? when called in? I doubt it. But Eyewitness news has again reported for SHOCK not facts.

Martha Washington

This is actually a sad sorry. It is obvious to all concerned that the young man was trying to help the little girl. It is also obvious that the arresting police officer is a racist SOB who has no place on the force. This incident is the reason New Yorkers walk past situations. Unfortunately, people tend to convict someone before hearing evidence. So, John Quinones("What would you do?"), this is why a lot of people don't get involved. That young man will probably NEVER help another child.

Gladys Virella

I believe the teen tried to help the little girl find her mother. It's a shame people saw otherwise. And then given the fact that the officer who arrested him already has a history against black people I have to wonder who's the real culprit here. What does this tell us when the next time anyone of us sees a child in distress and we would like to help? Is it true then, that "no good deed goes unpunished"? Does this mean we shouldn't bother to help the child lest we end up in prison too??? Not everyone is evil you know!

Monica A Hadley

The first question I want to ask is why is this officer still on the job.His job record stinks.Who made the decsion it was an abduction?Oh ....thats right the child was a tall big black male child.The police send what apprears to be a racist white officer.If the child had been a white male child walking away with the little girl then it would have been no problem no,I think the boy was trying to help.

Zahidee Mercedes

In the video,the boy does not appear to be approaching the child. Rather he is walking beside her then it appears he notices she is alone, possibly crying out for her mother. He is in no way restraining or forcing her when he walks out with her. The boy just used poor judgement in walking out with the child to look for the mother. He was with his mother himself and walked back into the store to continue shopping with her. If he had been abducting this child he wouldn't have done that. The arresting officer was close minded and over reacted.

julianne Munford

FIRST AND FOREMOST PARENTS SHOULD KEEP THEIR CHILDREN CLOSE, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THIS YOUNG MAN TOOK THIS CHILD. WOULD I BE ARRESTED IF I FOUND A CHILD WONDERING ALONE? MAKES YOU WONDER. THANK GOODNESS IT WASNT A MAN WALKING OUT! AS FOR THE SECURITY PERSON WHO CALLED 911 AND MADE A INACCURATE STATEMENT HE SHOULD BE CAREFUL HOW HE REPORT AN EVENT WHEN HE DIDNT SEE ANYTHING. I DONT BELIEVE IT WAS RACE.

Joanne Alexander

I think its unfortunate that a young man should get arrested for attempting to help a lost child. It just shows that racism and racial profiling is alive and well and living in the United States of America.

Ricardo

The teen shouldn't have gotten arrested. What are we teaching, do a good deed and get arrested? The kids these days need good role models more than ever. The arresting officer and mother of the child should thank him. And if he did do something wrong, guide him and teach him to do it the right way if not better.

Nicole W.

The fact that the child's mother didn't press charges speaks volumes. It's obvious that the little girl's mother didn't see the teen as a threat. I believe that police officer had ulterior motives given his previous history with people of color.

Reggie

The policeman is a racist.. No doubt about it.. Why would a kid kidnap a kid with his mom in the store?

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