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EXCLUSIVE: Sprague mom explains similar near abduction incident involving same suspect

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In an exclusive interview with KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus Michelle Barrus believes the near abduction could have been prevented. In an exclusive interview with KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus Michelle Barrus believes the near abduction could have been prevented.
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In an exclusive interview with KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus Michelle Barrus believes the near abduction could have been prevented. Barrus filed a report with the Lincoln County Sheriffs' office in June of 2014 regarding the same teen arrested for the near abduction. 

Barrus says "the minute" she heard who was arrested for the crime "I was like, is it so and so? The people said yes. Oh I was not happy." 

KHQ has confirmed the identity of the teen arrested but will not release his name because he's a juvenile and is not being charged as an adult. In June of 2014 Barrus says her 11-year-old autistic son was playing outside in her front yard. That's when the teen, she says grabbed her sons hand and started to walk off with him. "I'm like hey, what are you doing." Barrus says. "He says, oh I'm just taking him home. I told him, no this is his home, you know that."

The teen arrested has been a longtime resident of Sprague. KHQ reached out to the family of the teen on Wednesday but they declined to comment. 

KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus spoke with Lincoln County Prosecutor Jeffery Barkdull, who acknowledged the report made by Barrus last year but said his office "declined to prosecute, because it didn't meet the requirements to prosecute the case." Barkdull says the charge recommended in the case was for luring and the office stands by the decision in the case. 

Barrus says the teen's family "tried to get help for him," and the 15-year-old arrested has "special needs" issues. 

"I don't want him to be vilified," Barrus says. "He needs help." 

After the June 2014 incident with her child, Barrus says, "I knew this was going to happen again. I just didn't know how many times this had happened."

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