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JAMES CITY COUNTY - A 73-year-old man is accused of trying to abduct a three-year-old boy.

Authorities say Barry Lee Hale was yelling at two children in the yard of a neighbor's home on Foley Drive on Wednesday afternoon. The woman who called police said he then came into the yard and tried to drag the boy away. The little boy's yells brought the woman running and she confronted Hale, according to police.

They say Hale got into a waiting taxi and was arrested a short time later on charges of abduction of a child, assault and battery and trespassing.

The child wasn't hurt.

Investigators are trying to determine why he went after the child, adding Hale may have been 'somewhat confused' at the time.

Authorities confirmed to WVEC.com they've had previous contacts with Hale.

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