After it was reported that a little girl was heard yelling “stranger danger” while being led out of a Michigan Burlington Coat Factory by an older man, police have confirmed that child was actually with her father.
According to Click on Detroit, the girl was seen leaving the store around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Witnesses saw the girl struggling with the man and hit him while the two exited the store.
The tight grip the man reportedly had on the girl led many to believe she was the victim of an attempted kidnapping.
One witness told police they heard the man tell the child "he would tell her how he knew her father when she got into the car,” said authorities.
Although Southfield police never received a report of a missing child, they still searched for the girl and man. Police used the description of the car and license plate to locate the two.
Later on Tuesday, police confirmed the girl was with her father, and she was acting out because she was upset he didn’t buy a hat she wanted. Both the girl and her father are safe.
Despite the young girl's being safe, many wondered why no one stepped in to make sure she was OK when she first screamed "stranger danger."
(Photo: Southfield Police Department)