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Stevens County girl says man tried to take her while she was selling lemonade

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Hally says the man tried to pick her up, but when she started screaming, he took off Hally says the man tried to pick her up, but when she started screaming, he took off
STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -

With the summer months here, it is not uncommon for kids to be out selling lemonade in the heat. It is, however, uncommon for strangers to approach those children and try to take one of them, but that's what one girl in the Suncrest area says happened to her this week. 

Hally Flaherty was selling lemonade on her block, like she does every summer, when she says a strange man approached her stand and tried to take her. 

"He was all shaky and then he was like, walking weird, and then he was like reading it (her sign), and then he was getting closer and he tried picking me up," Hally told KHQ's Liz Burch. "I was really scared. My heart was beating really fast."

Hally was holding her Yorkie, Lilly, at the time and the dog started barking when the man tried to grab her. As Hally started screaming for help, the man put her down and walked off. 

Hally's mother says she's glad her daughter reacted the way she did and is sorry that her daughter had to feel that fear. 

"The guy just needs to be taken off the streets," Hally's mother Misty said. 

That's what the Stevens County Sheriff's Office is hoping to do as they investigate the incident. Hally said the man was white, about 5'8" and in his 40s. If you know anything, please call the Stevens County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-572-0947. 

Parents, with summer here and your kids being outside more, this is a good time to teach them about "Stranger Danger." For more information check out this guide from the National Crime Prevention Council. 
 

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