Attempted kidnapping of 7-year-old girl shocks neighborhood

Charleston County News

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A family in North Charleston is speaking out after the attempted kidnapping of a young girl.​

Just before 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies were called to a mobile home park in North Charleston.

7-year-old Marllena had been taken from her home by an unidentified man while she was sleeping.

Marllena’s mother, Ana Garcia, tells News 2 that the kidnapper busted through a locked door of her mobile home.

He then took the girl and made his way outside of the home.​

Marllena’s cries for help led her stepfather to her and the kidnapper outside​​.

​As Marllena’s stepfather closed in, the kidnapper dropped the girl and fled. Thankfully, she only suffered minor cuts and bruises. ​

​CCSO investigated the area, but the man was gone without a trace.

The family describes the kidnapper as a short male wearing dark clothing.​​

They say they won’t rest easy until he’s found.​​

“It’s horrible, I [woke] up in the morning, [and] I thought it was a nightmare,” says Garcia.​

Authorities are still working to identify the kidnapper.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.

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