WEST POINT -- It was apparently meant as a joke, but Karie Solomon isn't laughing.
Solomon, who lives in West Point, will ask the Davis County Attorney's Office on Monday to file criminal charges against three Syracuse High School students who, on Friday, offered her 10-year-old daughter and two friends candy to get into their vehicle.
"This is why we have Amber Alerts," she said. "This is why so many children disappear, because it's not taken seriously."
The Davis County Sheriff's Office is recommending that prosecutors not take legal action against the boys, who are all 16, because the incident at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point was apparently a prank, Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.
"It's not something we take lightly," she said. "It wasn't a funny prank."
Solomon isn't amused the sheriff's office is refusing to recommend charges. "There is no reason why these boys should get off without punishment," she said.
Solomon said her daughter and two other 10-year-old girls were in a field adjacent to a playground at Lakeside Elementary about 12:30 p.m. Friday when three boys pulled up in a truck next to the fence and offered them candy to get in the vehicle.
The frightened girls ran back inside Lakeside Elementary and notified school officials, who then contacted the sheriff's office, Poulsen said.
Working from a physical description, deputies located the boys, interviewed them and determined they never intended to kidnap the girls, said Poulsen.
"They intended it to be funny," she said. The boys were not identified.
Solomon said a deputy told her the boys could not be arrested because they didn't have physical contact with the girls.
"There needs to be something done (to punish the boys)," she said. "I'm very upset."