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Ark. girl outsmarts alleged kidnappers
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Ark. girl outsmarts alleged kidnappers

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A six-year-old girl was almost taken from her front yard in Cabot, Ark. on Tuesday with her mom a few feet away. 

Luckily, the girl knew better than to get into a car with strangers.

“It was just in a blink of an eye that everything could have changed.”

Shannon Barber never thought twice about letting her daughter play in the front yard, until now.

“She was shaking her head no as she was backing away getting closer to the house,” said Barber.

On Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., a woman and two men in a silver SUV tried taking six-year-old Jasmine from her front yard. Jasmine said they offered her fruit snacks attempting to get her closer to the vehicle.

“Kids should be safe in their yard or right in front of their house.”

Shannon says she never expected something like this to happen two blocks from Westside Elementary School.

“I didn't want them to take me," Jasmine said.

Jasmine’s ‘stranger danger’ kicked in at the right time, and a friendly face wasn’t enough to trick her.

“She was waiting there and she kept smiling at me…she asked me if I wanted a fruit snack and I said no,” she added.

It was a moment this young girl will never forget.

Parents in the area are not usually concerned for the safety of their kids.

“You can’t ever say they wouldn’t come to your neighborhood because you just don’t know," said Monique Strassner, a mother of three.

She believes all parents should take caution.  “It's a small community where we live and so it affects everybody.”

Cabot police are now on the lookout for that silver SUV and monitoring neighborhoods closely. They remind parents to keep an eye on their kids and talk to them about "stranger danger."

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