A Steinbach mother is crediting her quick thinking 10-year-old daughter for thwarting an attempted abduction.
Shauna Linn said her daughter and two sons, ages six and four, were outside playing on the front lawn of their Reimer Ave home Tuesday afternoon, when a man in a truck asked them to get inside.
"He had stopped while they were playing, motioned with his index finger to come, then said ‘come get in the truck’," she said.
Describing the situation as "a parent’s worst fear", she said her daughter knew what to do.
"My daughter told the boys to go inside," she said. "My four-year-old started to cry. She yelled at him to ‘get in’.
Linn said she’s incredibly proud of her daughter.
"(I’m) so glad she’s so smart and figured out not just to run, but to take her brothers to safety with her," she said.
Shauna’s husband Jaime called the RCMP to report the incident, and Shauna quickly called local schools to inform them.
She said the younger ones didn’t dwell on the situation and were more upset with the stern instructions from their sister than the issue at hand. "They got over it pretty quick," she said.
The man was described as having brown hair, wearing a black hat and sporting a scruffy beard. His vehicle was described as a black truck with chrome.
RCMP were unavailable for comment.