Leesburg Police: Woman attempts to lure young girl into car, saying her mom is in the hospital

LEESBURG, Va. – Police are asking for information after a woman attempted to lure an eight-year-old girl into her car.

According to the Leesburg Police Department, on July 25th, around 1:15 p.m., the girl was bike riding when she was approached by a silver or grey four-door sedan in the area of Meade Drive SW and Moore Place SW.

Police say the woman driver told the girl that her mother was injured and currently in the hospital.

She told the girl to get into her car so she could take her to her mother.

“She said to me, I don’t think you would’ve sent someone to get me and I didn’t think you were really in the hospital,” says the girl’s mom, who asked DCW50 to protect her identity.

Fortunately, the girl stuck to her instincts and rode back to her house.

Her mom says she was followed down the block until she turned on her street, then the car drove away.

“I think it took me a minute to realize how scary it was, how bad it was,” she says. “I seriously don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of her, she’s a tough kid, she’s a sassy kid.”

She worries about what would have happened, or could happen, if the woman approached a child that may not know better.

“Your brain goes to what could have happened so I think that’s the scariest part of all of this.”

The eight-year-old’s mom shared the information with neighbors and she says it took off on Facebook.

Leesburg Police also posted this flyer on Twitter.

“She’s safe and now everybody’s talking about it and talking with their kids about it so that’s the best part of all of this I think,” says the girl’s mom. “It could’ve been a tragedy but instead it’s a lesson for everybody.”

Leesburg Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Detective Matt Hackney at 703-771-4515 or mhackney@leesburgva.gov.