Woman arrested for trying to kidnap young boy in Central Park playground

The 2-year-old was on the swings with his nanny nearby.

A 35-year-old woman was charged Wednesday for trying to kidnap a 2-year-old boy inside a Central Park playground earlier this month while his nanny was pushing his brother on a swing, police said.

The boy was also sitting on a swing when Cecile Jackson apparently picked him up and tried to walk out of the park at about 10:30 a.m. on May 12, police said. The 27-year-old nanny then ran after them and stopped her from leaving, taking the boy back.

Jackson was charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping. She was awaiting arraignment Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

The incident wasn’t actually reported to police until two days after it occurred.


Alison Fox