Norwood Police Investigating Possible Attempted Child Abduction

NORWOOD (WBZ-AM) -- An elementary school student is being credited with listening to her gut instinct after she said she was approached by a man in an SUV while standing at her bus stop Friday morning.

The girl was standing at her stop around 8 a.m. when she was approached by a man driving a light-colored SUV.

The man tried to engage her in conversation, but the girl did not respond.

Deputy Police Chief Peter Kelly told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe that the driver then made up a story to try to get the girl into his vehicle.

"He said, 'Your father's been in an accident, and your mom asked me to come pick you up and take you to the hospital'," he said. "She knew something wasn't right, so she went to a neighbor's house which was nearby."

The girl describes the driver as a tan male in his 30s with a close-cropped beard.

"This girl did everything right," Deputy Chief Kelly said. "She didn't engage the person in conversation. When she realized it was going wrong, she went to a neighbor's house and she talked to an adult. It's a credit to the parents and her for doing the right thing."

The Norwood School Department sent out a reverse call to parents warning them about the incident, and asking them to speak with their kids about safety.

Norwood Police said they are actively investigating.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kim Tunnicliffe reports

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