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Parents Warned After 7-Year-Old Approached By Stranger In Mt. Juliet

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Posted at 10:35 PM, Aug 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-08 04:48:09-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - Parents in one community have been told to look out after a 7-year-old was approached by a stranger.

The incident happened at the Willow Creek Apartments off Charlie Daniels Parkway in Mount Juliet Saturday.

"Thank God I talk to my kids on a regular basis about what to do if someone does stop them," said Shasta Childers, the mother of the 7-year-old.

Shasta said her daughter came running inside, hysterically crying on Saturday morning after a man asked her to get into his vehicle while she was riding her bike.

"She said when he stopped he said, ‘Hey, why don’t you get in the car, and I’ll take you to get some ice cream,' so she jumped on her bicycle and at that point he jumped out of the car and took off on foot chasing her. That's when she started screaming, 'Help me! Help me! help me!'" Shasta recalled.

The only description of the man was that he's middle aged and dark-skinned with grey and black hair.

"In this situation the only witness we have is the little girl, the 7-year-old is our only witness," explained Lt. Tyler Chandler of the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

"You have to be careful and talk to your kids to know strangers could be dangerous in these situations," he added.

The man was apparently driving a maroon SUV with other children inside. Police immediately searched the area, but never located him.

They said, at this time, there was no way to know what the man's intentions were.