Kidnapping Case Brings Safety Message Home


The search continues for an Iowa teen kidnapped earlier in the month. Kathlynn Shepard, 15, was taken with another girl as they were getting off the bus in Dayton, Iowa.

Her friend got away, Kathlynn is still missing.

This is the kind of reality Barbara Robinson, mother of seven, is scared could happen to her children. But she said, her children all know what to do when they are approached by a stranger.

"Run, yell, do not go, do not trust a stranger. If I was to send someone to pick you up, you would know before I dropped you off," said Barbara Robinson.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department said kids and teens need to know the dangers of kidnapping.

"I think parents need to take time to make sure that their teenage children in particular are comfortable in talking to them, letting them know about their whereabouts, what their plans are for an afternoon, for an evening," said Deputy Jay Wingler, Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

And every kid should know the oldest and most important rule, stay away from strangers.

Deputies said parents also need to explain, especially to their older children, what they can do to fight back.

"Whether it's finger nails, their teeth, a set of keys, the cell phone itself to throw as a weapon," said Deputy Wingler.


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