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Police: Child abduction thwarted at Crawford County Fair

| Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 9:48 p.m.

Police in West Mead Township said a Cambridge Springs man was taken into custody on Friday on reports that he tried to abduct a child at the Crawford County Fair.

Barry Swift, 41, approached an unnamed woman and her two children while they were on the midway at the fairgrounds about 6 p.m. Friday and then picked up a 5-year-old girl out of a stroller, police said. The mother quickly wrestled the child away from Swift, police said.

Soon after the incident was reported, Swift was seen by fair security and taken into police custody. He was taken to Meadville Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

He was arraigned before Meadville District Judge William Chisholm on Saturday morning on a felony charge of interference with the custody of a child along with charges of harassment, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was taken to Crawford County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.

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