Mother talks about son's near abduction - WSMV Channel 4

Mother talks about son's near abduction

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MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

Kayla Riley remembers the call she received from her husband on Feb. 1.

"I got a message from my husband. He said, 'Someone tried to abduct our son.' I was scared, I had to find out where my son was. He was at school safe," said Riley.

But the thought that her son was nearly abducted brought chills down her spine.

"The biggest fear of my life is that one of my kids was almost gone," said Riley.

The 9-year-old boy walks the six blocks from home to school with his older brother every day. They were two blocks from home, when the older boy realized he forgot something at home. He told his brother to wait for him. It was then the boy was approached

"He was standing there waiting, and a lady in a car pulled up. She asked what he was doing. Was he waiting for his father? He said he was waiting for his brother. She said, 'It's cold, get in my car.' He said, 'No,' she asked again. My son replied, 'No,'" said Riley.

A woman who lives across the street saw what was happening. She knew something was wrong.

"He kept looking over at this lady's house, she kept seeing what was going on. At that point the lady pulled over in her car. The woman trying to get my son in the car said, 'Uhoh,' and peeled out of here, my son's exact words, 'Peeled out of here,'" said Riley.

Riley has arranged for neighbors to keep a sharp eye out for the boys along the route they walk to school. 

Riley told Channel 4 News she is grateful her son remembered some important words he was taught, and it probably saved his life.

"My mommy and daddy say I'm not allowed to ride with anyone I don't know," said Riley.  

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