Terrified mum’s warning after home intruder ‘attempted to snatch her toddler’

Stay at home mum Kirstiey Mason, 27 (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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A terrified mum is urging people to keep their doors locked after she claims an intruder sneaked into her house and attempted to snatch her toddler – after she left her door unlocked just once.

Kirstiey Mason was cleaning in her bedroom on Wednesday when she heard a scream 'filled with terror' from her three-year-old daughter Hannah*, who was running upstairs in fear.

The 27-year-old claims she heard the tot shouting 'they're going to take me' as 'work boot stomps' followed her up the steps – before Kirstiey grabbed her and barricaded them both in a bedroom.

Kirstiey shared a heart-breaking photo of little Hannah's hand 'gripping on for life' to her mum's sleeve as she sleeps to raise awareness of the incident.

The stay-at-home mum claims she usually keeps her doors locked and this was the first time she had left it open – but vows never to do it again.

The mum has urged parents to lock their doors
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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Now Kirstiey says she is reliving every parent's "worst nightmare" as her little girl continues to beg her to go and hide upstairs.

Kirstiey, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, said: "I can't explain [my daughter's] scream. It was filled with terror and fear.

"The picture tells a thousand words. That picture looks like a child who is terrified to be in their own home.

"It's every mum's worst nightmare. You hear about it when you see the posts on Facebook but you never think it's going to happen to you.

"They may have been watching to see if I was upstairs.

"[Hannah] just screamed 'they're going to take me, they're trying to get me'.

"She got to the top step and I put my arm out the door then pulled her in and shut the door behind her.

"When she was coming up the stairs, the stomps were following behind her. Then I heard them go back down the stairs.

"The stomps sounded like big work boot stomps.

Kirstiey's daughter grabbing onto her sleeve
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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"Kids are resilient but I've spent most of my morning in the bedroom because she won't move out of it.

"She's just about eating and drinking. This is a three-year-old who spends her time outside.

"My message is 'keep your door locked all the time'. It was just once – this is the only time I've not locked my door and look what happened.

"What I want to get across is this is the only day I didn't lock my door. My door is normally locked."

Kirstiey fears the intruder had seen her upstairs in her bedroom and decided to take their chance.

After grabbing her daughter, she called the police and her dad, who rushed to the scene.

Kirstiey said: "We locked ourselves in my bedroom and I was up there 15 minutes prior to my dad getting here.

"I called my dad then contacted the police.

"I remained upstairs and barricaded us in. It was natural instinct. I naturally sat in front of the door and thought I'm going to have to hold this.

"[The police] think the house is being watched and used the word 'premeditated'.

The mum claims the intruder tried to snatch her daughter
(Image: Kennedy News and Media)

"This has made me think I want to move house. This is meant to be a really safe area.

"My neighbour's Ring doorbell went off at 12.06pm and they think it could be linked.

"From what they can make out, the attention was on [my daughter]. She was the main focus."

Since the incident, Kirstiey has remembered seeing someone down the side of her house at the end of last month – which has led her to fear the incident was linked.

Kirstiey said: "About three weeks before I had somebody down the side of the house.

"They walked down the side of my house and across my drive.

"Down the side of my house leads to my garden.

"I was suspicious and [the police] said I should have reported it then, but I didn't think anything of it.

"They think they were going for her. I don't know if it was the same people who'd been in my garden before.

"I stopped reading articles about this because I was so scared of it happening.

"Luckily, she's safe. It's hard to know who you can trust anymore."

After attending Kirstiey's house, West Mercia Police confirmed they were treating the incident as an attempted burglary.

Local Safer Neighbourhood Team inspector Lee Page said: "This must have been an incredibly distressing experience and a full investigation into the attempted burglary is underway.

"The little girl was extremely brave at alerting her mother and we will be doing all we can to support the family."

*Name changed on request of mum.

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