The North Platte police department received a report Thursday morning that two men who said they work for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services tried to remove a child from their parent.

It is not clear that the report was legitimate. By late Friday afternoon, police had not verifiable evidence one way or the other, spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.

According to a police department post on Facebook Thursday morning, the men approached a parent about removing their child, but the parent became suspicious, used good judgment and contacted the police as soon as it was safe to do so. No force was used against the parent or the child, Kerr said.

Police notified DHHS and made them aware of the situation, and assigned an investigator to the case.

Kerr said there would be updates, but nothing further was issued over the next day and a half.

It was an opportunity for police to remind everyone to be sure to pay attention to their surroundings, keep a close eye on children, and report suspicious activity, vehicles, and/or persons.

Police dispatchers and officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call 911 or 308-535-6789 to make a report.


(This report was updated at 6 p.m. Friday.)