9 Jul 2013

Woman accused of kidnapping boy

11:34 am on 9 July 2013

A 40-year-old Hamilton woman has appeared in the city's district court charged with kidnapping a 10-year-old boy near his school on Monday.

The woman, who has interim name suppression, was remanded on bail on condition she not go within 100 metres of the school and not consume alcohol.

Police say she tried to kidnap the boy at a pedestrian crossing near Hillcrest Normal School but he

managed to escape in an underpass and ran back to school to raise the alarm.

They say they have spoken to a number of witnesses but would like to hear from anyone else in the area between 3pm and 3.30pm on Monday who may have seen something suspicious.

The woman will reappear in court later this month.

Police said before the court appearance that the incident appears to be alcohol-related and the boy has no relationship to the accused.