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Alleged Chinatown kidnapping attempt did not occur, say police

An alleged child kidnapping attempt at Chinatown, as reported on theAsianparent website, did not occur, the police said on Friday.

SINGAPORE: An alleged child kidnapping attempt at Chinatown, as reported on theAsianparent website, did not occur, the police said on Friday.

The parenting website had based its report on a message in a WhatsApp group chat.

In the message, a woman had claimed that a Chinese couple had tried to kidnap her toddler.

In a Facebook post, the police said: "Police confirm that the alleged attempted child kidnapping at Chinatown, reported by theAsianparent in their online article, did not occur.

"The police have contacted theAsianparent to remind them to verify incidents of such nature with the police before publication, and theAsianparent has removed the article.

"Police would also like to take this opportunity to advise against spreading unsubstantiated information which may generate unnecessary public alarm."

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