Mom Shares Chilling Warning After Daughter Was Nearly Abducted From Travel Rest Area
Cailyn Finkel 6/26/2018
We've all been there. We're cruising through a long road trip and just can't hold it any longer - so we pull off into a rest stop and jump out to use the bathroom. While this typical (albeit, funky) road trip experience is something we can all relate to, it's a trip Abby Sue and her daughter will never forget.
It all began when they were driving along the I-74 near Batesville, Indiana. She and her daughter stopped quickly to use the restroom. However, a few dangerous criminals lurking at the rest stop had other ideas.
Now Abby is speaking out about their terrifying rest stop encounter in hopes that it can help someone stay safe in the future...
As soon as Abby and her daughter got home from their lengthy road trip, she rushed to the computer to share their horrifying story. She had no idea that so many people would be interested in what happened and concerned about it becoming a trend.
The following post has been edited for the sake of clarity.
So we are driving home from Cincinnati and got off at a rest stop for a quick bathroom break. Just my daughter and I went inside (I didn't have my phone or purse on me).
As we were walking in, some lady (who appeared to be on something) was trying to talk to my daughter. I held her hand the entire way in and walked swiftly ahead."
"As the lady was trying to talk to us, she was also lighting a cigarette which she immediately extinguished upon us entering the building. We went to far-end handicap stall and went in together.
I heard the lady enter and she was talking to another lady about us - I heard her say 'the little girl.' I told my daughter we weren't washing hands and I was going to carry her out. As we leave, I passed both women.
The [woman] I originally saw changed clothes and started to leave after us, leaving her bag on the floor of the stall she was in. The other lady with her was probably 6 feet tall.
I then made a dead sprint to the car, threw my daughter in and locked doors. Once we were safely in the car, I noticed three men standing in front of a gold minivan with all the doors open... We called 9-1-1 and reported. I have this terrible feeling that, had I not been aware of my surroundings, my daughter may have been taken from me. It is a terrifying world we are living in.
I wanted to share to try to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, hold on to your children and stay off your phones so you are not distracted!
This was at a rest stop around mile marker 151 (Batesville) heading west on I -74."
Thankfully, Abby kept her head on straight and made the right decision to run to her car. We can only hope other women do the same thing if faced with such a scary scenario. In the days since posting, it's been shared more than 83,000 times - women all around the country are arming themselves with knowledge!
Human trafficking is an issue that plagues the entire globe. Without Abby's quick thinking, they could've easily been just another sad statistic. This is such an important reminder to keep our eyes open and speak up when something doesn't feel right. Doing so might just save a life!