North Florida Woman Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Abduct Kids From Beach

"This isn’t a Florida trip you’ll want to remember," Freeman told a pregnant mother as she tried to abduct her daughter

What to Know

  • Sarah Freeman was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with six counts, including kidnapping and battery.
  • Freeman was at the park in Wilbur-by-The-Sea when she approached a pregnant woman and allegedly tried to grab the woman’s seven-year-old.

A North Florida woman was arrested Monday after police say she tried to abduct two children from a beachfront park near Daytona Beach.

Sarah Freeman was jailed on charges of attempted kidnapping and battery, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The 34-year-old is being held on no bond.

According to NBC affiliate WESH-TV, Freeman approached a 7-year-old girl at the park in Wilbur-by-the-Sea and allegedly tried to grab her by pulling on the girl's towel.

"This isn’t a Florida trip you’ll want to remember," Freeman told the girl's pregnant mother as she struggled to grab hold of her daughter. 

Freeman then approached a man who was walking with his 5-year-old son, hit the man with a stick and grabbed the boy by his arm. A sheriff's office spokesman said Freeman allegedly told the boy "He’s not your dad,” as she walked away with the child. 

"I just literally grabbed her arm and pulled her off him and then I grabbed him, and picked him up in the air and she taunted me, following me, taunted me all the way to my truck," the father told a 911 dispatcher.

Freeman was later found at a nearby beach and arrested. The sheriff's office said she "mumbled and made unintelligible statements" and "appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance."

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