Mother saves own son from attempted kidnapping at popular Kirkland park

Police arrested a woman for attempting to kidnap a toddler at Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland Thursday, March 1, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Police said a woman hit a grandmother in the back of the head then snatched her two-year-old grandson in Bridle Trails State Park in Kirkland Thursday afternoon.

Police said the grandmother and the toddler had been walking on a trail in broad daylight around noon.

Investigators said the toddler’s mom was in the car with a two-month-old baby when she saw the attacker running off with her son and grandma chasing closely behind.

The mom bolted out the car, joined the chase and scuffled with the 33-year-old suspect until she got her toddler back safely.

“That’s gut-wrenching,” said neighbor Elizabeth L. “God knows what would have happened to that child. That’s sad, that’s a very horrible situation."

An officer on routine patrol arrested the suspect, who's had prior contact with police and who investigators think may have a mental illness and lives out of her car.

A neighbors who has lived across the park for decades said she’s seen the neighborhood deteriorate and had to put up a fence to keep crime out.

She wants officials to enforce policies for people who camp in the park after hours.

“It’s gone from the most beautiful, peaceful community to an absolute nightmare,” the neighbor said. “A lot of drug activity coming and going from the park, I will no longer walk my dog alone in the park.”

Police said luckily, the little boy wasn't hurt and the grandma suffered cuts in the back of the head but she's expected to be ok.

Investigators said the suspect will face felony charges.

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