An attempt to kidnap a five-year-old child from a private school in Aluva on Monday failed, as the child, sensing danger, cried out for help. An unidentified woman is said to be behind the attempt. The woman got the child into the auto rickshaw after falsely claiming that the child’s mother was hospitalised. The child was waiting for the school bus to go home. The woman took the child first to the railway station, but as there was police presence in the area, she decided to take the Perumbavoor route. Sensing something foul, the child started crying out for help. Afraid of getting caught, the woman left the child at Thottumugham on the wayside. The child, who is from Thottumugham, scrambled home and informed the parents about the incident. In the mean time, The school authorities were searching for the child, as she was not found in the school bus and her younger sister was crying in the bus. On the basis of a complaint received from the school authorities, the police have started an investigation into the incident. The school authorities said that a woman on a scooter was found moving in the campus a little late in the evening, a day after the incident. Minister V K Ebrahim Kunju visited the school, as he was informed of the incident through SMS. School authorities had sent alert messages to all the parents through SMS. Incidentally, the grand children of the Minister happen to study at the school. The Minister has instructed police officials to take immediate steps to locate the kidnapper.