A mother is extremely thankful after she said a man pried her young son from the arms of a woman who is accused of abducting him and holding him over a railing.
The little boy now calls the man a hero, but he said he had to step in and do something when he saw the boy was in danger.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker filed charges of endangering the welfare of a child against 44-year-old Edwina C. Bates the day after the scary incident.
Sgt. Dean Van Winkle with the Grandview Police Department said officers were called to the Arbors of Grandview Apartments, located at Newton Avenue near East 119th Street, Monday about 6:40 p.m. on a report of the abduction of a 4-year-old boy.
"I called him up for dinner and he started coming up here, but got stopped by a lady who was like ‘come here little boy,'" Nikki Novotny, the boy's mother, said.
Witnesses said a woman later identified as Bates grabbed little Adarius as he was playing with another child in front of his mother, but Novotny couldn't do anything to stop it because she has had cerebral palsy since birth and it has confined her to a wheelchair.
"I was very terrified. I didn't know what to do because I can't go get him myself," Novotny said.
She said she felt helpless as she cried out for help.
"I said ‘That's my son.' She said ‘I know, I'll be right back' and I said 'No, put him down,' but she kept walking," Novotny said.
When police interviewed Bates, court documents say she told them that she spotted the child playing and grabbed him because she wanted to play with the child. Bates heard the child's mother yell at her to stop and put the boy down, but she continued carrying him up the stairs anyway.
"When you see something like that you have no choice but to help out," Lorin Carr said.
Carr was one of two men who followed the suspect up the stairs to neighboring part of the apartment building to confront her after hearing the little boy screaming.
"Screaming, he was screaming ‘I want my mommy,'" Carr said.
Witnesses say Bates refused to give up the little boy and leaned him over the third-floor balcony several times.
"She had him and was walking back and forth. I didn't know what she was going to do. I said ‘put him down!' She said ‘I'm about to, I'm going to' but she never did so I had to snatch him, literally," Carr said.
"You saved me," court documents said the little boy told Carr as he returned him to his mother.
"I'm not a hero but yeah, I had to get him back, that's all I can say," Carr says.
Bates initially told police she had smoked marijuana and had five alcoholic drinks as well as being on medication and she remembers nothing from the day. She later admitted to remembering playing with two children and picking one of them up to carry to her apartment. She said she wasn't going to hurt the boy and that she only took him with her in order to let her dog inside.
Bates claimed the child was laughing and having fun. She does have a criminal history that includes a 2008 conviction for endangering the welfare of a child in Missouri.
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