JAMES Bulger's mum says his vile killers tried to abduct two young girls before they committed his horrific murder.
Heartbroken mum Denise Fergus made the claims while speaking about her tragic tot's death.
James was just two years old when he was tragically taken and killed by two schoolboys in one of the most horrific crimes of the 20th century.
The youngster was led to his death in Merseyside in 1993 by depraved duo Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, while his mother Denise was in a butcher's shop at a busy shopping centre.
The sick killers took the tot from Bootle Strand shopping centre to a railway line and tortured, beat and sexually assaulted him.
Today, Denise shockingly revealed that the twisted pair had tried to abduct two others before little James was taken.
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Speaking to ITV's This Morning, Denise said: "They tortured and killed animals, they tried to abduct a girl out of a school two weeks before James."
And she added that the pair had even tried to take another child on the same day her son died.
She continued: "They tried to abduct another little girl from the Strand that day, but her Mum caught them.
"And then they went on to take James. Their intentions were to take a child that day and murder them."
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Thompson and Venables were only 10-years-old when they became the country’s youngest murderers in 250 years.
They poured modelling paint into the tot's eyes, stoned him and clubbed him with bricks and dropped a 22lb iron bar on him.
The twisted pair even weighted his head down with rubble and lay him across railway tracks hoping he would be hit by a train to make the murder look like an accident.
James, who suffered 42 injuries in total, was sliced in half by a train and his body discovered two days later.
Both Venables and Thompson were convicted of murder in November 1993, and released in 2001 with new identities.
In 2010 the former returned to prison for the first time since his release nine years earlier when he was found with dozens of indecent images of children at his home in Cheshire.
And Venables was re-jailed in 2017 for possessing child images and denied parole in 2020 – while Thompson has not reoffended.
However, just last year Venables launched a new bid to be released from prison and faces a hearing to decide whether he is rehabilitated having served his minimum sentence for the second child sex abuse images offences.
And Denise is still fighting against Venables' release, urging authorities to consider the risks.
She said: "I don't trust him, if he gets out I know for a fact we're going to end up with another case like James.
"He's so used to being locked up in prison, he's got people protecting him and the best attention he can potentially get.
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"If he gets released he's going to be looking over his shoulder, through his own stupidity he released a photo of himself on social media.
"He's just going to be fearing his life, so what's he going to do to get back in that prison where he feels safe?"
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