Mother shocked at attempted daylight child abduction
UPDATE: Mum and Wyreema resident Katie Harvey said the biggest shock about the attempted child abduction reported about 5pm yesterday was the time and place it happened.
The attempted child abduction of two young girls happened near her house and near the skate park and railway crossing.
"It's quite busy in the area where it happened, there are people driving through coming home, and kids coming through," she said.
"For two people to pull up and be so brazen and attempt to do this, it's a jaw dropper as a local.
"It was also an area where there's lots of road works."
She said the region had boomed with new housing developments and school enrolments growing.
She said she had contemplated letting her nine-year-old daughter walk to the nearby Wyreema State School, but now decided not to.
"There are so many kids who walk to school and home, and little kids as well, around seven to 8-years-old, just starting school," she said.
"And it's considered safe because we're a small community and you see and know all the kids and people in the area.
"Everybody needs to be more vigilant, and it's not that as parents we weren't before, this makes you get more on your toes."
Child Protection Investigation Unit Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paula Smithard said the attempted child abduction was under investigation.
Det. Act. Snr Sgt Smithard said it was a timely reminder for residents to report incidents to police immediately.
"It's essential for us in order to investigate the matter further," Det. Act. Snr Sgt Smithard said.
She said while the incident was reported to Cambooya police yesterday, the girls involved were being interviewed today to get their statements.
Det. Act. Snr Sgt Smithard said from the information she had received the car was "a substantial distance away" from the girls and there was a chance it was a case of misunderstanding.
EARLIER: Parents in Wyreema are on high alert after their daughters were involved in an attempted child abduction yesterday.
Mum Felicity Robertson said her daughter, 10-year-old Chloe and her daughter's friend were approached by two men in a white Mazda dual-cab ute about 5pm yesterday when they were walking back from the Wyreema Store.
"My daughter and her friend were heading to the corner store like every child here does in this suburb, and as they were leaving two men approached them," she said.
She said the men twice yelled at the girls to "get the f*** in the car" and followed them for a short distance before the girls began screaming.
She said the ute was travelling towards Toowoomba.
The mother of her daughter's friend heard the screams but when she arrived the men had driven off.
"The other parent involved is pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy," Ms Robertson said.
Ms Robertson said she didn't believe the men were from the area.
"That's the thing that scares me, Wyreema is such a small suburb and we keep an eye on each other here and we've never come across that car before," she said.
"It's pretty scary, my daughter won't go to school today because they walk to school."
The men are described as having dark-coloured skin and in their 40s.
Ms Robertson said she had consistently pushed both road safety messages and stranger-danger messages with her children.
Wyreema State School, where the girls are in Year 5, has been contacted by the parents.
Ms Robertson reported the incident to Cambooya police, who have been contacted for comment.
It is hoped images can be retrieved from the Wyreema Store's CCTV.
If you have information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police Link on 131 444.