Parent beats up good Samaritan helping lost child, police say

Florida: Man Trying To Help Lost Child Mistaken For a Child Predator

A good Samaritan in Lakeland, Florida who tried to help a lost two-year-old girl locate her family was beaten by a group of men who mistook him for a kidnapper.

After speaking with all parties involved, including witnesses who had seen the man walking with the girl and heard him asking her if passersby were her father, responding law enforcement decided that it had all been a awful mistake on the part of the little girl's family.

The girl's father admits he punched the man several times because he believed the man was trying to leave the playground with his daughter.

'Before posting information on matters such as this, we encourage people to identify the source and the validity of such claims before sharing them'. "I wanted to kill him". "She was wandering off and he did the right thing by going to her, getting her attention, trying to find the parents", Gross said. As they passed men along the way he asked her if they were her father.

'We had an independent eyewitness that saw him walking around, asking, 'Is this your parents?

When asked, the child's father said he just doesn't buy the man's version of events.

"It's understandable how parents can possibly be upset in a situation involving a lost child".

The warning seemed to work and numerous posts vilifying the man were taken down.

Bystanders who saw the man walking towards the parking lot with the child alerted her parents, who feared the worst.

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'Posting false information on Facebook could cause a defamation of character claim and those posting false information could be held libel, ' the Lakeland Police Department wrote on its Facebook page.

A Good Samaritan is recovering after he was attacked by the father of a toddler he was trying to help. FATHER: "No, hell no, I don't".

On Saturday, June 24, the Lakeland Police Department responded to a disturbance at the Southwest Sports Complex.

"I was particularly interested in the post because this guy lives two houses away from me", James Jordan wrote.

The good Samaritan told several local outlets that he has now left town with his family for their safety.

After an investigation, charges were not filed against the victim, who refused to press charges against the father.

After the police statement made it apparent that the posts were false, the residents began to delete the misinformation from their Facebook feeds.

Strickland told WFTS that he did not regret beating the man up and was still uncertain whether or not the man was trying to abduct his daughter.

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