Midsi Sanchez (Photo credit: Bob Butler/KCBS Radio)

(Photo credit: Bob Butler/KCBS Radio)

Kidnapping Victim Midsi Sanchez Promotes Child Safety

By Bob Butler

October 15, 2018

VALLEJO (KCBS RADIO) - A Vallejo woman, who was kidnapped as a child, has started a foundation to help the families of missing and exploited children. KCBS Radio's Bob Butler reports the organization held a child safety fair at the city's Waterfront Park on Saturday.

In August of 2000, Midsi Sanchez was kidnapped as she walked home to celebrate her eighth birthday. "He pretended to have a broken hip and said he was hurt in a bike accident," Sanchez said. Three days later the kidnapper left the keys in the car and Sanchez was able to unlock her shackle.

Now, the Midsi Sanchez Fondation educates kids and parents on warning signs. "We teach our kids to be kind and generous and loving and we need to tell them that adults don't need help from children," Sanchez explains.

She went through a tough time but says the 2009 kidnapping and murder of Sandra Cantu of Tracy, California was a turning point.

"Since then I've created the organization to work with those families," Sanchez said. "...and teach to kids how to stay safe from predators. How to be aware if they're in an uncomfortable situation and what to do, to say 'no' and to run in the opposite direction. If someone tries to lure them or touch them inappropriately."