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'I’m glad my family is safe:' Mom saves son from attempted kidnapping

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KIRKLAND, Wash. (KOMO) - No mother should face the moment that Brooke is still processing. In an instant she had to act to save her son from a kidnapper.

Brooke was parked in a lot at Bridle Trails State Park Thursday around noon, nursing her baby daughter in her car.

Meanwhile Brooke’s mother was out walking on the nearby trails with Brooke’s two-year-old son.

That, Kirkland Police say, is when a 33-year-old woman approached Brooke’s mother, hit her in the face, and took off with Brooke’s son.

Brooke looked up and saw the woman come sprinting into the parking lot holding her son as her mother chased behind.

At first she assumed they were playing, but when her mother fell she knew something was wrong.

“It just immediately occurred to me that this woman was taking my child,” Brooke explained.

Brooke jumped out of her car, baby in hand, and ran at the kidnapper screaming for her to let go of the toddler.

When Brooke reached her, they tussled for her son. As the woman fought her off, Brooke’s mother got to them, and Brooke handed off her daughter. That’s when Brooke finally pried her son from the kidnapper.

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A Kirkland Police unit happened to be patrolling the area, and turned into the parking lot as the scene unfolded.

They arrested a 33-year-old woman. Kirkland Police said the suspect has mental health issues and has been living in her car in that area.

Court documents said the suspect told officers she believed the boy was being abused.

That suspect refused to appear in court Friday, facing charges for second degree kidnapping and two counts of fourth degree assault.

“I hope she gets the help that she needs,” Brooke said. “I think that she clearly needs help, anyone who can take a child needs help.”

Brooke’s mother has some minor bruises. But, the family is pushing forward. Brooke said they will return to Bridle Trails.

“I don’t want her to control our lives,” she said, adding, “we’ll hug our kids closer every night, and I want people to know they are strong enough to deal with this.”

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