'Act like you're my mom': Boy, 10, cleverly escapes woman stalking him with teen cashier's help
POTTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA: When a parent or a teacher teaches children to evade strangers who seem off the mark, the effectiveness of the lessons is always a point of worry in the minds of those who care for the kids. But one 10-year-old boy from Pottstown, Pennsylvania has put every worry of the sort to rest by proving his mettle and cleverly escaping a woman who asked him to join her and claimed that she knew the boy’s dad as well.
Sammy Green’s very smart evasion of a potential kidnapper was caught on the security camera of a store, where he asked the cashier to act as his mom to help him out. Sammy was on his way back home from school when a woman began following him and he had to act quickly to save himself. A report by Insider has quoted his father Sam as saying, “To see my child looking for help because he was afraid basically for his life, that cuts you deep.”
The woman had apparently tried to get Sammy to go to the convenience store with her and had told him that she knew his father well. She had also started “walking with him and asking him where his family was, asking where his dad was,” Green said. "She said she probably knew me and was going to Wawa and that he was supposed to go with her and he could get anything he wanted.” Sammy’s father Sam has also admitted that he “cried every time” he watched the video and was heartbroken to see a shaken Sammy walk into the store.
Footage from the Dani Bee Funky store, where Sammy had found refuge shows him walking into the premises and speaking to the cashier, who was a young teenager named Hannah Daniels. Sammy’s father said that his son whispered to the cashier, “Act like you're my mom. This lady is following me.” Daniels went on to lock the door and lock it, and watched as the woman walked away.
Hannah has also spoken to the media, to whom she said, “He was like 'pretend like you're my mom,” and then proceeded to add, “And I was like 'alright, go to the back' and he didn't want to leave my side."
Police personnel of the Pottstown Police Department has “located” the woman and have informed her that she is to be referred for mental health services.