A woman suspected of trying to abduct a child from a park has been identified as a special needs adult visiting relatives in the Omaha area.
“The person does not understand boundaries regarding children of strangers,” said Lt. Mark Gentile of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
The woman lives in a treatment facility in another state, Gentile said, and has returned there. No charges will be filed against her.
Another woman told authorities that she was playing Saturday with her two children at Brookhaven Park near 110th and Harrison Streets when she was approached by a stranger about 5:15 p.m.
The woman asked the mother if she could hold her 2-year-old son, Gentile said. The mother said no.
The stranger grabbed the child as he slid down a slide, Gentile said, and attempted to leave the park with him.
The boy's mother said she ran after the woman, struck her in the face and grabbed her son.
Gentile said relatives of the special-needs woman and staff members of the treatment facility “have been notified in order for them to take proper precautions and to educate the person so a similar incident isn't repeated.”