It happened at a Metairie apartment complex around 5pm Wednesday.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke exclusively with the family moments after the abduction.
“The lady ain’t, (inaudible) (stomping)…. Father God please,” the victim’s grandmother Patricia Butler-Jones pleaded.
It was too much to believe; and for neighborhood kids who saw it happen, it was far too hard to understand.
“The children, the children saw the man,” Butler-Jones said.
“I heard them yelling and I thought they were playing or I would have come out of my apartment and I would have run after that guy,” said an unidentified neighbor.
Frantic family members called Jefferson Parish deputies to the Yorkshire Edenborn Apartments just before 5pm.
They were responding to reports that an unknown, tall white male entered the gated complex and kidnapped a little girl.
Trotter asked, “What does she look like? She looks like me with long hair,” Butler-Jones replied. “She has plaits in her hair.” “She’s light skinned, she’s seven years old y’all she seven years old (sobbing).”
Neighbors say it’s not unusual for large groups of children to play in the courtyard.
“The danger is when no adult no family member is even out here with them and that’s what happened in this case.”
“I had to run down to my sister apartment and tell her somebody took her baby,” the victim’s aunt Danielle Glasby said.
Family members say the security gate was at least part of the problem.
“The gate is supposed to be locked. It ain’t ever locked. Never locked,” Butler-Jones said.
“When they play by themselves anybody can come in and get them,” a neighbor said.
“The manager don’t even fix the lock or the gate, you just push it open,” Butler-Jones said. “It’s supposed to have a combination you key.”
Neighbors were visibly uncomfortable as they watched the real life drama of the family torn to pieces.
Everyone appeared worried because every minute that passed seemed like an eternity; as the search for the driver of a gold colored sedan continued.
“Bring her back to us,” Butler-Jones pleaded. “Don’t hurt her at all. She’s only seven years old. She’s seven. Jesus (inaudible).”
One hour and one minute after the first emergency call came another.
This one offered a glimmer of hope, from five miles away.
A woman on William David Parkway was approached by the little girl looking for help and belting out a jaw dropping story about being abducted.
“I’m glad they found her,” neighbor Janet Schindler said. “I hope she wasn’t hurt in anyway.”
She was examined at Children’s Hospital.
Late Wednesday deputies were still searching for the suspect.