CNEWS Canoe reports out of Ottawa that a six year old girl with autism screamed as a suspected predator grabbed her hand in what is believed by family to have been an abduction attempt and that her screaming may have saved her. The girl had gone missing from a family barbecue and the family and friends had gone looking for her. A male friend of the family who helped in the search heard her scream and the suspected abductor fled. The family friend gave chase but was slowed by the need to take care of the child:
"She just screamed automatically and that is what drew the attention of my friend to go that way. He yelled, 'Hey!' and the man dropped Katrina. He booked it," Zion said Wednesday.
"Bad man grabbed hand," Katrina said after she was back with her mom. Zion said the man grabbed her daughter so hard he left a bruised handprint on her rib cage."
Police have released a description of the suspect.