Community joins together to improve child safety after alleged rape, abduction

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MEBANE, N.C. -- After the Alamance County Sheriff's Office released information about what they call an abduction and rape from a school bus stop, the Alamance County community is coming together to make sure no other child is victimized.

"When I heard about this child yesterday, my heart just broke. I cried," said Angie King, who owns Loves Childcare Ministries in Haw River. "I feel like we, as a community, have to reach out and do what we can."

So King is offering free rides to school for all children in Alamance County whose parents drop them off at Loves.

"Because I understand some parents have to work," King said. "And some parents don't have the money to pay for day care. So we're offering our services for free."

Meanwhile Mebane father Tony Nelson gained attention after posting on Facebook, asking that all parents ensure there is at least one adult at their child's bus stop.

"I'm a father 24/7," Nelson said. "My kids' safety is my number one concern. And on top of their safety, other kids' safety is number one. You just have to come together and help out. It takes a community to keep our kids safe."

The Alamance-Burlington School System alone has more than 5,200 bus stops. Nelson said he understands that many parents work and cannot be at their children's bus stops in the morning. But, hopefully one adult from each bus stop can.

"You'll never understand it until you have kids," Nelson said, speaking of Tuesday's reported abduction and rape. "When something like this happens so close to home, it's an eye opener. You just wish something could've been put in place a day sooner."

To learn more about the free rides to school offered by Loves Childcare Ministries, call them at (336) 524-6161.

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