Mum feared James Bulger style abduction as two teenagers led son away from supermarket
A mum from Leicester has spoken out after two teenagers led her young son out of a supermarket and on to a bus during a family shopping trip.
Kieran was later found distressed on a bus and was taken to a police station to be reunited with his mum.
Kieran's mum, who only wanted to be named as Michelle, told her local paper that her son, who is 11 but has the mental age of seven, was taken out of the ASDA supermarket in Fosse Park in Leicester.
When Michelle realised Kieran was gone, shoppers said they had seen the little boy leaving the store with two teenagers. Michelle says the story of James Bulger - who was murdered by two older boys who took him from a shopping centre in 1993 - raced through her head:
"I was crying and felt sick. I couldn't cope and felt like I was empty. It made me think of what happened to Jamie Bulger.
"These boys told Kieran I wouldn't be upset if he went with them and he believed them because that's how he is. They said their dad was famous and would give him free things."
Kieran has Williams Syndrome, a rare neuro developmental disorder which makes him very trusting of others.
The two teenagers took Kieran on a bus, but when he became upset, a fellow passenger took him to Braunstone police station. Kieran told police where his mum had been shopping and he was taken back to meet her.
Michelle is shocked that although she reported the incident, Leicestershire Police say no crime has been committed.
"I'm not happy they don't think it's a crime. It's shocking," says Michelle. "Kieran went with the other boys willingly but he didn't understand what he was doing.
"This has really opened my eyes to the danger. Anything could have happened."
Tracey White, whose son attends the same school as Kieran, told the paper of the frantic search for the little boy: "Michelle was distraught and didn't know what to do. When Kieran came back he seemed petrified, like a completely different boy.
"I was also thinking about what happened to Jamie Bulger and that it could have been my son."
A police spokesperson confirmed an 11-year-old boy had left the supermarket with two teenagers, and although they created a vulnerable child incident, no offence was committed.