Librarian closes book on child abduction

Published: Dec. 7, 2011 at 10:08 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2011 at 12:36 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The silence at a local library was broken when a librarian stopped a child from being abducted. It happened at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library last month in Montgomery.

Recently, Mayor Todd Strange recognized the librarian for her heroic act.

November 12th started as a normal day at work for librarian Kari Burton.

"Daily tasks of checking in and checking out at the desk and I just happened to look up and notice that something just didn't feel quite right," Burton said.

That's because Burton said a woman who came to the library to use the computer tried to leave with a little boy she didn't walk in with.

"And I said hey stop, where are you going? and she said I'm going to take him to his mother. And I said well I know where his mother is. I would like to take him to his mother so I came and got him and took him to his mother," Burton said.

Burton says it was National Gaming Day and his mother was with the rest of the parents and kids in the Children's section of the library. She says his mother was grateful.

"Because he indeed was not supposed to be with her," Burton said.

The day of the incident, the Children's section was full of kids playing on gaming systems and computers. A day of fun that could have turned into a nightmare.

"I just acted on what I saw," Burton said.

The librarian called 911 and Montgomery Police did respond but officers did not arrest the woman.

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