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Father of Mall Attempted Abduction Victim Speaks Out

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The felony charge against a man accused of attempting to abduct a child from Fashion Square Mall was dropped on Monday. James Key, 46, was facing a felony abduction charge.

Police say the 2-year-old was walking through Fashion Square Mall with her parents when a stranger snatched her.

Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford now says James Key is not a threat to the community. The prosecutor says Key suffers from seizures and had one that November day he grabbed a child at Fashion Square Mall in Albemarle County.

The father of the young victim broke his silence after learning that Key's charge was dropped.

He says his family was never satisfied with the mall security's response and he's even more disappointed in the commonwealth's attorney.

"Disappointment. I wanted to see more action.  See more action," said the victim's father.

The father of the two-year-old plucked from his hand inside the Fashion Square Mall is not happy Key is a free man.

"I don't feel comfortable that anything was done to prevent it from happening, or things like this, from happening," said the victim's father.

The father, who does not want his identity revealed, says he, his wife and two children were shopping for a Christmas ornament the day after Black Friday when Key came up behind them and grabbed his daughter.

"Do I believe he was having seizure?  No," he said.

Despite what mall management says, the victim's father maintains they were not satisfied with security's response and, therefore, contacted police within hours of the incident.

"The mall security guard, he was young, and it was apparent to me at this point in my perception he was untrained.  He was not prepared to handle the situation," he said.

His disappointment continued when he learned from news reports Monday that the charge against Key was dropped.

The father says that was not for the prosecutor to decide. He wanted a judge and jury to hear the case.

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