Female 'child snatcher' who targeted creches in south Dublin charged

The woman was visiting creches claiming to be a relative of children
The woman was visiting creches claiming to be a relative of children

Gardai have arrested and charged a woman after she allegedly made numerous attempts to abduct children in south Dublin, according to the Mirror.

UPDATE 16.37:

A woman has been charged after allegedly attempting to abduct children from crèches in south Dublin

Gardai launched an investigation following several incidents where a woman was acting suspiciously at childcare facilities and one incident where she had taken a child but was stopped by staff.

Gardai later arrested the woman and she is before the courts in relation to the abduction attempts.

A garda spokesman said:  “Gardai in Dun Laoghaire investigating a number of abduction attempts arrested a woman aged in her 30s. She was detained and charged in connection with these incident and is currently before the courts.”

They allege that a woman made a number of attempts to abduct children from creches in the Dun Laoghaire area and her actions forced the Government's Child and Family Agency Tusla to warn other facilities in the area to be vigilant.

It is alleged the woman would approach creches claiming to be a relative of the children. 

One one occassion it is alleged she even managed to get a child before a parent stepped in to stop her.

Tusla sent the letter on September 24 and the woman at the centre of the allegations has now been arrested.

A file is being prepared for the DPP while the woman has been handed over to the care of medical experts.

Local Fianna Fail councillor Cormac Devlin told the paper how shocked he was by the incidents.

“As a father of three young children, this is one of a parent’s worst fears. I am sure that most, if not all, local crèche/Montessori providers have strict collection policies in place however parents should ensure that these are robust.

"The Minister for Children must take personal responsibility for ensuring that this practice is observed without exception."