Mother gives warning after attempted abduction at rest stop

Westbound I-74 rest stop in Batesville. (Photo: INDOT)
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A woman is giving a stark warning after she says two women and three men attempted to abduct her daughter at a rest stop on Interstate 74 in Indiana.

According to WTHR, the woman lives in Zionsville.

She says on a trip back home from Cincinnati, she stopped at a rest stop and she and her daughter went into the bathroom. A woman who appeared to be on drugs tried to talk to them, but they continued into the restroom.

While in the stall, she heard the woman enter with another one, mentioning "the little girl."

The mom and daughter rushed out of the bathroom and into the car to safety. Then the mom saw three men standing next to a minivan with all the doors open.

She detailed the experience in the following in a Facebook post:

PSA: so we are driving home from Cincinnati and got off at a rest stop for a quick bathroom break. Just my daughter and I went inside (i didn’t have my phone or purse on me). As we were walking in some lady who appeared to be on something, was trying to talk to my daughter, I held her hand the entire way in and walked swiftly ahead. As the lady was trying to talk to us she was also lighting a cigarette which she immediately extinguished upon us entering building. We went to far end handicap stall and went in together. I heard the lady enter and she was talking to another lady about us heard her say “the little girl”, I told my daughter we weren’t washing hands and I was going to carry her out. As we leave I passed both women and the one that I originally saw had changed clothes and started to leave after us leaving her bag on the floor of the stall she was in. The other lady with her was probably 6’. I then made a dead sprint to the car, threw my daughter in and locked doors. Once we were safely in car I noticed 3 men standing in front of a gold minivan with all the doors open...We called 911 and reported it and I have this terrible feeling that had I not been aware of my surroundings my daughter may have been taken from me. It is a terrifying world we are living in I wanted to share to try to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, hold on to your children and stay off your phones so you are not distracted!!!

This was at a rest stop around mile marker 151 (Batesville) heading west on I -74

The Facebook post has been shared more than 51,000 times since it was posted Sunday afternoon.