CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kim Albertson says her 4-year-old son was nearly kidnapped from the child care center of a Charlotte fitness center.
The incident happened Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. at the Sports and Fitness Club on North Tryon Street.
The 4-year-old's father was working out and had left his son in the gym's day care center. Police say the attempted kidnapper pretended to be the workout partner of the boy's father.
"A guy came in and pointed at him and said, 'I came to pick him up.' And the girl went to get his stuff," Albertson said.
Somehow, the suspect got the child's toys. But then the 4-year-old spoke up, just as his parents had taught him.
"My son said, 'No, that's not my daddy and I don't know him.' So she (staffer) said his dad needs to come and sign him out before he can leave the gym," Albertson said.
Albertson is upset with the gym. She feels lucky that she doesn't have to look for her son.
Meanwhile, Sports and Fitness defended their staffer. Spokesperson Tonya Anderson said, "We did our job. We're happy that it was stopped."
"With all the mean stuff you see on TV, I just couldn't imagine if that had been the end of the case today," Albertson said.