Three year old 'screamed with terror' as intruder walked into house and tried to snatch her, mum claims

Three year old 'screamed with terror' as intruder walked into house and tried to snatch her, mum claims

11/20/2020

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl screamed "with terror" after an intruder walked into a house and tried to snatch her, her mum says.

Kirstiey Mason, 27, had left her front door unlocked for the first time and was upstairs cleaning on Wednesday when she heard her daughter Hannah scream.


The terrified tot ran upstairs in fear, shouting 'they're going to take me' as 'work boot stomps' followed her up the stairs, Kirstiey said.

She grabbed little Hannah and barricaded them both in a bedroom.

To raise awareness of the incident, Kirstiey, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, shared a heart-breaking photo of little Hannah's hand 'gripping on for life' to her mum's sleeve while she sleeps.

Kirstiey said: "I can't explain [my daughter's] scream. It was filled with terror and fear.

'WORST NIGHTMARE'

"The picture tells a thousand words. That picture looks like a child who is terrified to be in their own home.

"It's every mum's worst nightmare. You hear about it when you see the posts on Facebook but you never think it's going to happen to you.

"They may have been watching to see if I was upstairs.

"[Hannah] just screamed 'they're going to take me, they're trying to get me'. She got to the top step and I put my arm out the door then pulled her in and shut the door behind her."

Kirstiey said she heard "big work boot stomps" as Hannah raced up the stairs.

[Hannah] just screamed 'they're going to take me, they're trying to get me

The stay-at-home mum claims she usually has her doors locked and this was the first time she had left it open – but vows never to do it again.

She added: "My message is 'keep your door locked all the time'. It was just once – this is the only time I've not locked my door and look what happened."

Kirstiey fears the intruder saw her upstairs in her bedroom and decided to take their chance.

After grabbing her daughter, she called the police and her dad, who rushed to the scene.

Kirstiey said: "[The police] think the house is being watched and used the word 'premeditated'.

"My neighbour's Ring doorbell went off at 12.06pm and they think it could be linked.

"From what they can make out, the attention was on [my daughter]. She was the main focus."

Kirstiey saw someone walking down the side of her house last month, which she fears may be linked.

She added: "I was suspicious and [the police] said I should have reported it then, but I didn't think anything of it.

"They think they were going for her. I don't know if it was the same people who'd been in my garden before."

West Mercia Police confirmed they were treating the incident as an attempted burglary.

Local Safer Neighbourhood Team inspector Lee Page said: “This must have been an incredibly distressing experience and a full investigation into the attempted burglary is underway.

“The little girl was extremely brave at alerting her mother and we will be doing all we can to support the family.”

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