Police are appealing for public assistance as they attempt to clarify the circumstances surrounding a reported child approach at Scone on Monday night.
An eight-year-old girl has told officers from Hunter Valley Police District, she was in the front yard of her home when a man got out of a ute and grabbed her by the wrist about 6pm.
The child pulled away and ran indoors and alerted her mother but the vehicle had left the scene.
Police are now inquiring into the incident and are appealing for anyone with information.
They have a description of a man they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance aged about 40, with a thin build, short brown hair and a tattoo on his right hand.
At the time he was wearing a red shirt and green shorts and left in a red utility.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Muswellbrook Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.