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Third Sprague family claims 15-year-old lured child

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Ashley Melanson and Audrey Lynn. Ashley Melanson and Audrey Lynn.
SPRAGUE, Wash. -

A third family in Sprague told police a local teen tried to lure a young family member from City Park.

Audrey Lynn told KHQ's Gabe Cohen in an exclusive interview that she left her two grandchildren playing in City Park for 15 minutes in October, and when she returned she found her 5-year-old grandson in the arms of the 15-year-old now facing second degree kidnapping charges.

“My natural instinct was to assume he was hurt,” Lynn said. “When I saw that he wasn't, it just didn't feel right. It turned ugly really quickly.”

Lynn says the teen was overly apologetic, but she didn't call police because she didn't know of any prior incidents. However, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says just four months prior, a woman told police the same 15-year-old tried to lure her 11-year-old autistic son from City Park.

But the county prosecutor didn't file charges in that case because the evidence didn't meet the criteria for a luring charge. For the state to show luring, they need evidence that the perpetrator was unknown to the child and at least attempted to lure the child into an isolated area (click for full written code).

Lynn says if charges had been filed, she likely would have reported her family's incident. She says the real problem is the wording of the state law.

“The fact that the person doing the luring has to be unknown to the child or take the child out of public view concerns me,” she said.

“He would have had to have gotten my grandson out of sight. And Lord knows what could happen once he has him out of sight. Why does it have to go that far?”

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