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Attempted Abduction

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A young woman is undergoing mental evaluation tonight after she's accused of trying to take a 9-year-old boy from a local school bus stop.

The incident happened Monday morning at the corner of Denver and Second in Waterloo.

The 9-year-old was waiting for the school bus, just down the street from his home when a young woman, in her early twenties, told his bus driver that the boy needed to go with her.

The boy spoke up and said he didn't know the woman and the bus driver made sure he got onto the bus safely.

The boy's mother, Angie Gilbert says, "I just don't want this to happen to another child."

She says, "The woman asked him where he lives and wanted him to unzip his sweatshirt so she could see his shirt  and wanted him to take off his hood and asked him to walk to school with her."

 When his school bus arrived, the woman then told the driver that she was his sister and the boy needed to go with her. The bus driver called police.

Police found the woman nearby and said she claims she hallucinated and thought the boy was her relative who needed her help.

Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka says, "The woman was in obvious mental stress, for what reason we don't know...whether it was induced or occurred or something."

The woman is in the hospital undergoing drug tests and mental evaluation. At this time, police say they can't find a crime to charge her with and that's upsetting to Angie.

She says, "I feel like the system is failing parents if this is what happens. I mean it is never right to take a child that is not yours and I know she didn't follow through with it but that's because no one allowed her to."

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

"We are not done with this case just yet," says Trelka.

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