Neighbor charged with kidnapping 9-year-old girl - FOX 13 News

Neighbor charged with kidnapping 9-year-old girl

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A mother in Pasco County is holding her daughter extra tightly tonight.

Deputies say her 9-year-old was grabbed on her way to school by a neighbor.

Deputies say she told a girl she was in danger, grabbed her by the backpack and forced her inside.

"Every possibility of what could have happened ran through my head," said the girl's mother, Sarah McIntosh. "I sent my daughter to school yesterday morning and apparently she never made it to school."

McIntosh had no idea what happened until 4 p.m. That's when deputies say Marcino noticed other kids returning from school and released her.

The child ran home to tell her mother about her strange day. It was almost as if Marcino was trying to play "mom."

"(She) didn't hurt her. Fed her popcorn, they colored, read books," said McIntosh.

McIntosh admits the gravity of what happened didn't hit right away.

"I gave her hugs and kisses for like an hour before she went to bed."

McIntosh's neighbors say Marcino needs to be locked up.

"She's always worn double sweatpants, triple jackets. She carries a whistle around, blows it and hollers help me, help me, someone's trying to kill me," said Thomas Evans.

No one was home when we knocked today.

McIntosh says this is all an important lesson for parents.

"Get the word out to every parent to make sure that you watch your child no matter where you're at and how safe you think the neighborhood is."

She says she is going to be walking her daughter to school every day. Marcino is charged with kidnapping someone under 13.

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