By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — A Boston man is being held without bail pending an evaluation after he allegedly tried to kidnap a child who was playing outside in Jamaica Plain. Police were called to Gay Head Street around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a fight.

Witnesses told police a man, later identified as 31-year-old Anthony Jackson of Jamaica Plain, went up to the four-year-old girl, took her by the hand, picked her up, and kissed her.

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He then started to walk away with the girl, police said.

Someone yelled at Jackson to stop and alerted the girl’s family who then chased him and stopped him.

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Jackson was charged with kidnapping a child under 16 and indecent assault and battery on a child. He hid behind a door during his arraignment at Roxbury District Court on Monday.

A court psychologist outlined Jackson’s mental illness and prosecutors described other ongoing cases against Jackson, all of which involved him exposing himself.

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Those that live nearby are upset. “It’s scary to have your child out on the streets and then people like that are out there,” said Aranza Bernadel.

CBSBoston.com Staff