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Police: No threat found after suspicious situation at Coleman fields

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities now say a suspicious situation at a Mid-Michigan sporting event did not happen.

Kyle DeVrieze, president of the Coleman Youth Athletic Association, said on May 7 several children in the outfield of a baseball field reported seeing a man in his 20s in some tall grass near the wooded area on the perimeter. The children said the man was wearing a black hoodie and asked several of the kids if they “wanted to come play in the woods.”

Parents of the children notified DeVrieze, who then called 911 and reported the incident to Midland County Sheriff’s deputies.

Sgt. Richard Ward, with the Coleman Police Department, said on Wednesday the children who made the claims have backtracked on their story. Ward said there is no evidence to substantiate their claims.

Ward said after an investigation police found there is no safety threat.

"Your first reaction is upsetting," Coleman Mayor Steve Miller said. "I'm glad that we didn't have an issue. So, that's the good news."

Other parents said they insist something happened at the ballpark on Monday night.

"I seen the legit fear in the kids' eyes," said Tiffany Young, parent.

Young said her daughter heard a voice asking her to come into the woods.

"Right now my little girl doesn't want to go back to the games," Young said.

Despite what police say about the alleged incident, Young said she will remain vigilant.

"I'm just going to make sure that the kids aren't back by the woods. All I can do is help make sure a kid doesn't get hurt or harmed in anyway," Young said.

Miller understands there are people in town who think the police are dropping the ball, but he said the facts don't point to a predator in Coleman.

"You want to take everything your children say seriously. This time they couldn't find any evidence that that was the case," Miller said.

Police said they are still deciding if the children who backtracked on their story will face any discipline.

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