BATAVIA — City police are advising the community about child safety after a juvenile allegedly escaped a man’s vehicle.
Officers responded to the area of Clinton St. about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday for a juvenile that had flagged down a neighbor, requesting help. They arrived on scene and located two local residents sitting with a juvenile and James McNally, 57, of Batavia standing near them.
The officers separated McNally from the juvenile and residents. The residents said the juvenile told them that he needed help getting away from McNally.
The officers interviewed the juvenile briefly and concluded that the young person had accepted a ride home from McNally. McNally allegedly tried to grope the juvenile along the way.
Police said he juvenile feigned a sickness so McNally would pull off to the side of the road. The juvenile then exited the vehicle and got help at the nearest residence.
Upon discovering the alleged incident, police promptly took McNally into custody and transported him away from the juvenile. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching.
McNally was released under the supervision of Genesee Justice, and an order of protection was issued. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.
Police said they would like to take a quick moment to update the community and parents on new abduction prevention ideas. Instead of “Stranger Danger” try using the following language when talking to your child about abduction prevention:
• Don’t say: “Never talk to strangers.” Say: “You should not approach just anyone. If you need help, look for a uniformed police officer, a store clerk with a nametag, or a parent with children.”
• Don’t say: Stay away from people you don’t know.
• Say: It’s important for you to get my permission before going anywhere with anyone.
• Don’t say: You can tell someone is bad just by looking at them.
• Say: Pay attention to what people do. Tell me right away if anyone asks you to keep a secret, makes you feel
uncomfortable, or tries to get you to go with them.