The Singapore police are looking into a suspected abduction attempt at the Toys “R” Us outlet at Suntec City. A letter from Josiah childcare centre stated that the alleged kidnap incident involved a Kindergarten 1 boy and happened on Nov 21, 2018, police said in a statement.
According to a copy of the letter obtained by Shin Min Daily News, the boy’s father had picked him up from the centre on Wednesday evening. The letter, signed by the centre’s vice-principal, said they were at the Toys “R” Us outlet when a woman approached them and claimed that the boy was her son.
A police report was later made by the child’s parents.
The childcare centre and the boy’s parents are assisting with police investigations.
The police said that they treat such incidents seriously and urged members of the public not to speculate or spread unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm.
In January this year, there was a kidnapping scare involving students from two international schools, who were asked by strangers in passing vehicles to get in. Police investigations found that the drivers had no ill-intent.
Also in January, The Straits Times reported that a 10-year-old boy lied to his parents that he was almost kidnapped. They subsequently made a police report.
A version of this story first appeared in ST.
Photo: Shin Min