The mother said she was at the foreshore on Thursday, April 21, visiting family.
About 6pm her daughter needed to use the toilet.
“We always go with her and check, but this time something felt really off,” she said.
“I asked her to wait but too excited to hurry back and play with her cousins, she bolted.
“I immediately grabbed the dog and ran before the bathroom door could shut.”
The mother said she popped her head in and behind the door in the corner was a man staring at her.
“In one motion I pulled my daughter out, which brought him to her attention,” she said.
“He then walked out around the back and left in his car.”
The mother said she called the police but there was not much they could do.
“Our biggest fear was if I didn’t reach her in time and that door had closed and locked, there was no way in,” she said.
“It’s left us as parents horrified at what could have happened.”