Police: Woman tried to run over 3-year-old boy and his father

Updated: 08/12/2014 1:58 PM | Created: 08/12/2014 11:43 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Albuquerque police arrested a woman accused of abducting a little boy and then trying to run the child and his father over with a stolen truck.

On Sunday night, a man and his 3-year-old son were walking their dogs at McKinley Middle School when police said Melissa Martin, 24, approached them and demanded to get her son back.

The man and boy did not know Martin and had never encountered her before the incident.

APD said the father put his son in his truck and was attempting to put the dogs inside when Martin grabbed the boy and ran away with him in her arms.

The man got into the truck and followed Martin over sidewalks and through the grassy area nearby. Martin then placed the child on the opposite side of a chain link fence in the area and ran off.

When the man got out of the vehicle to get his son, police said the woman returned and got inside his truck.

According to police, Martin attempted to run the man and child over with the vehicle. The father told his son to run as an Albuquerque Public Schools officer arrived.

The officer put the child in the back of his patrol vehicle while Martin reportedly continued to drive aggressively at the man until she ran over his right leg.

Police said Martin drove recklessly out of the parking lot and continued southbound out of the area. Both the father and child did not sustain serious injury and were released at the scene.  

Martin was eventually located and arrested on several charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse.

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