Extra patrols added in Champaign after possible stranger danger incident

Extra patrols added in Champaign after possible stranger danger incident

CHAMPAIGN — Extra police patrols have begun in an area of southwest Champaign following a report of a possible stranger danger situation Wednesday morning in Champaign.

According to a Champaign County sheriff's report, a woman in a black car offered a ride to an 11-year-old boy in the area of Carlisle Drive and Harrington Drive in Champaign between 7 and 7:15 a.m.

The boy refused the ride and the woman drove away.

The report said the child did not know who the woman was.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Greg Mills said the boy didn't report the incident to a parent until Thursday.

Mills said the boy's school has been notified about the incident and that extra police patrols have begun in the area since the incident was reported.

Because the incident took place more than a day earlier, Mills said, police don't know how serious the possible threat may have been.

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beth3 wrote on February 08, 2013 at 8:02 am

Lt. Mills did not interview the child - there is no way they can determine from a 3rd party parent interview how serious or potentially dangerous the incident may or may not have been.  As of this time and date, NOBODY has interviewed the child.  

Despite being notified as soon as the child informed his parent, school officials, the school resource officer, the sheriff's department and the Champaign police made no attempt whatsoever to meet with the child himself.  The school was notified at 7:05am and law enforcement at 7:10am.  There are details missing from this article and much more information to be gained from speaking with the child himself.   I will not speak for him in these comments, I will allow him to do that for himself and I hope school officials and law enforcement will take the incident seriously enough to interview him personally.  Without speaking to him directly , how can they consider themselves fully informed, or the matter fully investigated?