Police were called, and one officer and several firefighters responded to the park.
Hamilton Police Sgt. Brian Robinson said detectives are investigating the incident, but so far have determined the man left with his own child.
“So as not to create mass panic on mere speculation, there have been no children reported missing relative to this incident at this time. No one else at the park stated the child was theirs, and again no one else in the city has filed any missing children reports at this time relative to the incident …” Robinson said in an email to this news outlet.
“The male was obviously displaying erratic behavior, which is definitely not appropriate for this setting, whether he had a child there or not,” he said.
Cephas said Monday was her first time visiting the splash pad with two of her children.
“It was just crazy,” she said, adding she started filming because the man’s behavior concerned her.
“I was afraid for my kids to walk past him. There were kids playing there. We don’t want that energy around my children,” Cephas said.
She said the first child the man picked up started “screaming for her Mama.”
She said she became very concerned when the man picked up another child and ran into the woods.
“I still don’t know what happened to her,” Cephas told the Journal-News.
Robinson said police welcome any information that may shed light on the incident so detectives can assess it fully. Tips may be called into the investigations division at 513-868-5811, ext. 2002.