A report of a child being approached at a park in Darling Harbour was actually an innocent misunderstanding.

Last night (Wednesday 7 June 2017) a man presented himself to Bankstown Police Station after police issued a media release and photograph as part of their investigations.

It had been reported that a man approached a 19-month-old boy at Tumbalong Park and attempted to pick him up.

Sydney City Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector David Gates, said the man attended the station to clarify the situation.

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“With the help of an interpreter, the man explained the child looked unsteady on his feet, and he was simply trying to help him.

“When the boy’s father approached him, he was unable to convey this due to the language barrier and left the area.

“Police have reviewed CCTV that supports the man’s explanation and are now comfortable there was no malice involved. We have spoken with the boy’s family who indicated they were happy with the outcome of the investigation.

“While in this case no offence was committed, police need to investigate all reports of this nature and treat them as serious until they are deemed not to be.

“We would like to thank the public, the media and most importantly the man for coming forward and helping us resolve the matter,” Detective Acting Inspector Gates said.

I must admit when I read this story the other day I really felt that it was an innocent misunderstanding.

Is this really what it has come down to for males today? Surely they don’t deserve to always feel like someone is watching over their shoulder when they are out in public in fear of being a paedophile.

Earlier this year we shared the story of a single father on a short break with his teenage daughter who was shocked when hotel employees called police over fears he was a paedophile. Read more on that here.

We shared the story of a new dad left horrified after he was told he was a ‘dirty old man’ for taking his seven-week-old baby into the parents’ room. Read more about that HERE.

Do you find it sad that this is what kind of world we are living in and raising our children in today? A world full of fear all the time?

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  • this is why people don’t help anyone anymore. You can’t care or you will be accused of things…..how sad the world is


  • I was never accused of attempted abduction because I didn’t touch the little boy at all. I found him up the street from his house. When I asked him where he was going he told me he was going to kindy. I know he wasn’t old enough to be going to kindy. kindy was on holidays anyway. I was riding my bicycle so I told him to go back home and I followed him. His parents had just realised he wasn’t “helping” while his Mum changed the baby’s nappy as he normally did. His Dad ran out the front door calling his name just as we got to their driveway. We discovered that his son could reach the latch and handle on their security door.


  • I think it was quite brave to come forward – with the language barrier, it must ave been scary.


  • Yes, I find it very sad that this is what kind of world we are living in and raising our children in today. We have to be paranoia and can’t trust anyone until proven it’s ok. We have to teach are children not to talk to strangers, not to walk alone home from school, not to play or bike in the dark and make them aware of dangers they shouldn’t know about yet. We live in a beautiful, yet unsafe and sad world indeed.


  • Sadly too many nasty things have happened so we do tend to be a bit more aware of dangers and take appropriate action.


  • Its hard not to be suspicious when you see videos of how quickly and easily kids will willingly go with strangers. At least this man came forward to explain the misunderstanding.


  • Nowadays it’s very easy to misunderstand. We live in too much fear indeed. And the media was already ready to accuse this man that was just helping out. :-(


  • He was trying to help the young boy but this is the world we live in now!


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