In a rural area outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa, this week, Oreo the Cat saved a five-year-old boy from a possible kidnapping:
It’s unimaginable. A mother finds a stranger, standing over her sleeping son. The boys mother tells Channel 6 News it happened to her Wednesday evening.
The family lives in rural Pottawattamie County, southeast of Council Bluffs. The 26 year-old mother, Becca, asked that her last name not be used, as the family is still concerned for its safety.
“Scared,” she said. “I don’t want to be home by myself.” She said the ordeal began shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. She had settled her nearly five year-old son in a recliner to watch a movie. Then, she got in the tub with her three year-old.
Thats when something strange happened. Her cat, Oreo, wandered in to the bathroom. I’m like why is the outside cat in the house?” The cat, she said, was acting strangely.
“I hurried up, got dressed and I came out in the kitchen. And a guy was standing over my five year-old son, just staring at him.”
Her son was sleeping in the chair. And I yelled at him, Becca said. And I told him that if he didn’t get out of the house, I was going to call 911. He came running towards me and hit me in the head.”
She said she grabbed the closest possible weapon off the kitchen floor, her sons plastic baseball bat. I hit him in the head with the bat. And he took off, out the door. I dont know where he went. She never saw a car.
“If he was after me, he would have come in the bathroom. So, Im wondering if he’s a child molester or something.”
Sheriff Jeff Danker said the motives are unclear. “It seemed like he was focused on the child, so it is a real concern.”
He calls the case unusual, especially in that part of the county where theres no easy access to homes by sidewalks. “The investigators are going to be canvassing the area and doing what they can to follow up on this.”
Becca used to feel comfortable leaving the door unlocked, but not anymore. “Just because it’s country, you feel like you’re safe. And it’s not safe anywhere.
She called her cat her hero. Ironically, she rescued him more than eight years ago. Now, it seems, Oreo has returned the favor by saving her son.
“I was just scared to death, because if the cat hadn’t come in, he could have taken off with him or hurt him, or do something.” The boy slept through the whole thing, and his little brother didn’t see anything.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriffs department is looking for a man around 40 years-old. He’s described as having dark hair, hazel eyes and a tattoo on the back of his neck. He’s about 61 and weighs around 200 pounds.
Becca said he was wearing blue jeans, a purple shirt and tennis shoes when she saw him. Anyone with information should call (712) 890-2200.