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Danny R. Piper, 48, of Springfield, has been charged with Enticement of a Child and Attempted Child Kidnapping after an incident April 12. (Photo: Springfield Police Department)

The Springfield Police Department is investigating an attempted abduction of a child at the Dream Center, 829 W. Atlantic St. The incident occurred on April 12.

Officers responded to a call at 7:02 p.m. When they arrived, they were told a male attempted to get a child to leave with him, but was stopped by the child’s father. The suspect and the child do not know each other. The male suspect left the area on foot, accompanied by a female, before officers arrived. The child was not harmed in the incident.

Employees of the Dream Center identified the suspect as Danny R. Piper, 48, from Springfield. Officers located Piper a short time later. He was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail. Police determined the female who accompanied Piper was not involved and she was released.

Piper has been charged with enticement of a child and attempted child kidnapping. He is being held in the Greene County Jail with no bond. Investigators are concerned there might be other similar incidents in the area involving Piper that have not been reported. The Springfield Police Department encourages potential victims or their parents to report any incidents.

The Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate. Call 417-864-1810 with any additional information. To make an anonymous call, use the Crime Stoppers hotline: 417-869-TIPS (8477).

Jeff Kessinger

Jeff Kessinger is the Reader Engagement Editor for the Springfield Daily Citizen, and the voice of its daily newsletter SGF A.M. He covered sports in southwest Missouri for the better part of 20 years, from young athletes to the pros. The Springfield native and Missouri State University alumnus is thrilled to be doing journalism in the Queen City, helping connect the community with important information. He and wife Jamie daily try to keep a tent on the circus that is a blended family of five kids and three cats. More by Jeff Kessinger