Mum’s horror after man grabbed son, 3, kissed him and said he’s ‘mine’

A mum has revealed her horror after a man grabbed her son, aged 3, in front of shoppers before he kissing him and saying he’s ‘mine’.

Mum Sammy-Jo Thacker, 28, had to physically fight to get her son back from the stranger.

The mother-of-three had been walking slightly in front of Erik when the incident happened on Saturday – in an incident which left her petrified her young lad was going to be abducted.

When she turned to tell him to catch up, a man in a white tracksuit stepped in between her and her son and grabbed him in an instant before kissing him on his cheek and telling the scared mum he was ‘mine’.

Single Sammy-Jo – who was in Doncaster town centre with her two other children, Elektra, eight and Elaina, two – fought with the man to get Erik back who initially held him tighter.

Speaking about terrifying the incident, Sammy-Jo said: "This awful man tried to hold Erik tighter but I pulled him and just started shouting so loudly until eventually he gave him back to me.

"Erik was frozen in fear when I finally got hold of him – it was awful."
Sammy-Jo says the effects of the incident has made her wary when she is out and is warning other parents to be vigilant.

She added: "This has really affected Erik – he used to be sociable and boisterous but now he’s much quieter and prefers to sit with his head down.

"He freezes anytime someone he doesn’t know walks too close or walks past my window."

Sammy-Jo admitted when Erick was first picked up, she was confused about what was happening.

She said: "At first I thought the man was a friend of mine when he kissed Erik’s face but as soon as I heard him say "mine" I knew he had been grabbed by a complete stranger.

"I tried to get Erik and pull him back – three men walked past but no one stopped to help but I don’t think they realised what was going on.

"My son was passed to my friend who I was with and he sat in the buggy frozen in shock and the guy’s mate appeared and they walked off smiling.

"I tried to talk to Erik to let him know he was ok and I’d never let anyone take him but he doesn’t want to talk about it."

Sammy-Jo is now looking to order a wrist strap with a small lock on the child size which can not be removed.

She says she is struggling to sleep and Erik has refused to speak about it.

The horrific incident happened at Flying Scotsman Health Centre in Doncaster, South Yorks., and has since been reported to South Yorkshire Police.

She said: "I just hope he’ll forget what happened soon.

"I’m hoping once he gets back to nursery he will be at ease – right now he is emotional."

South Yorkshire police have been contacted for comment.

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