Children unnerved by woman's approach
A woman left a group of children unnerved after approaching them on Northcote Rd.
A police spokesman said the woman, aged in her 50s, allegedly approached the children near railway lines as they walked to school last Friday, about 9am.
She offered them lollies and told the children her daughter died on the railway lines and "would they be happy to be her daughter".
He said the children were left unnerved and reported the incident to their school when they arrived, who contacted the police.
"We're treating it as sinister at this stage," the police spokesman said.
He believed the woman was known to police.
The woman is a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital. Police are yet to interview the children and the woman.
It follows similar incidents in which a woman has approached children over recent months.
Two months ago, a woman approached children outside a Shirley preschool and offered them chips.
Police warned schools and early childhood centres to be on alert as a result.