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UPDATE: Police say 'misunderstanding' in child enticing report

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Detectives identified the male involved and have spoken to him. He is a transient with diminished mental capacities. No charges will be filed in this incident. Detectives identified the male involved and have spoken to him. He is a transient with diminished mental capacities. No charges will be filed in this incident.
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Detectives looked at video sureveillance on Friday and after speaking to the man suspected of enticing, determined the entire incident was a misunderstanding. Police say the man originally suspected of enticing a child is a transient with diminished mental capacities, and they will not be filing charges. 


Police say a transient was inside the children's play area going through the trash Thursday night. They say a 4-year-old girl walked up to the suspect and asked what he was doing. The suspect told her he was looking for his monkey and asked for her help. The suspect and the child then left together, walking toward the front door. Fortunately the child's mother was nearby, saw what was happening, and grabbed her child before they got too far away. She also called police.


Police say the commend the mother of the child for calling police, and say the incident serves as a good reminder to parents to review "Stranger Danger" talking points with their kids. 


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