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Man accused of hugging two-year-old boy in mall before attempting to rob him is charged

Man, 46, accused of embracing a two-year-old boy in a shopping center before attempting to snatch him from his father, accused of kidnapping attempt

  • New South Wales man accused of attempting to kidnap a young boy
  • It is alleged that the man in Newcastle West tried to kidnap a two-year-old boy
  • The man is accused of approaching the toddler in a shopping center

A 46-year-old man has been accused of kidnapping a toddler at a shopping center in Newcastle.

Officers were called to shops in Newcastle West on Sunday evening after reports of a boy’s arrest.

NSW police say an unknown man in the center approached a father and his two-year-old son and asked if he could talk to the child.

A 46-year-old New South Wales man has been denied bail in the Newcastle Local Court (photo) after he was charged with attempting to kidnap a two-year-old boy

A 46-year-old New South Wales man has been denied bail in the Newcastle Local Court (photo) after he was charged with attempting to kidnap a two-year-old boy

Then he hugged the toddler and reportedly tried to pull it away.

Police say the boy’s 46-year-old father withdrew him from the man who subsequently became aggressive and kept trying to grab the child.

“With the help of witnesses, the boy was returned to his father and the man was detained until officers arrived,” police said in a statement Monday.

Neither the boy nor his father were physically injured.

A 46-year-old man has since been charged with two counts of taking a child with the intention of removing the child from parental control and two counts of ordinary abuse.

The Fletcher man was denied bail and will appear in Newcastle court.

Police say the man approached the two-year-old for a hug at a shopping mall in Newcastle West for trying to pull him away (Image)

Police say the man approached the two-year-old for a hug at a shopping mall in Newcastle West for trying to pull him away (Image)

Police say the man approached the two-year-old for a hug at a shopping mall in Newcastle West for trying to pull him away (Image)

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