It appeared to be a kidnap attempt involving a 2-year-old boy. It turns out the suspect is a woman who is mentally challenged.
The toddler's mom sat down with Channel 6's Malorie Maddox. When she jumped in to action--all she knew--was her son was in danger.
"I can't even begin to imagine him not being here." Natalie said.
Natalie's emotions are still fresh. Her 2-year-old was grabbed at the playground near 110th & Harrison Saturday.
Natalie says she was swinging her youngest and her two year old was going down the slide when the woman grabbed him and put him under her arm.
"I heard him scream and cry , "Mom, help. Mom, help, help me mom." I looked over and the lady's got him in her arms." said Natalie.
Natalie grabbed her youngest out of the swing. In a panic, she took off after her.
"I had him in my left arm and I just punched her with my right. I'm not very big but I know how to punch." said Natalie.
The woman fell to the ground and let go of Natalie's son. Then, she took off running into the woods.
"If she would have got away with him there would be nothing I could do about it." said Natalie.
Natalie says she scooped her boys up and raced them to the car. All she could think was to get them to safety.
"I will do everything in my power to protect my children." said Natalie.
She hopes by sharing her story, other parents will remember this.
"I see parents stay in the car or on their phones or their iPads. They are not paying attention to their kids. Stay close to your kids because anything can happen." said Natalie.
After our interview, authorities announced they identified the woman in this incident. They say she is mentally handicapped-and no charges will be pressed.
Natalie had this response to the news:
"I'm happy to know it was who it was and not somebody with the intention to hurt or do worse to my child. I'm okay that they aren't pressing charges because of the disabilities this person suffers. I hope they can get her extra help so that this doesn't happen again. Most of all I'm thankful that my son is unharmed. To the woman and family, I'm so sorry it had to happen this way. I'm hopeful that a lesson was learned. After all, I did what I had to do to protect my sons and would certainly do it again if I had to. (God forbid I have to.)"