Texan mum Florence Monauer was shopping with her 14-month-old daughter when a strange man walked up and lifted the child right out of the trolley.

CCTV footage captured the man grabbing the child while her mother’s back was turned. Mrs. Monauer quickly turned around when she heard the disturbance of the trolley cover and confronted the would-be kidnapper.

“I think I was distracted for about a minute or so,” Mrs Monauer said.

“I think that if it weren’t for the cover, he probably would’ve made off with her quickly.”

Mrs. Monauer also noted that the man did not speak to her, directing his words only to her daughter and left the scene without groceries.

“It gave me chills just thinking that this could’ve happened to my child and it may happen to someone else. I definitely want him to get caught,” Mrs Monauer told KPRC, Houston.

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  • Thank goodness he was not able to take her child. Must have been terrifying for her.


  • Horrifying for the poor mum and bub.


  • Maybe he tried to undo the trolley harness or he could have lifted the baby out quicker than that. Some harnesses are very hard to adjust to size.


  • Oh my god! I hope mum got a few good punches to the head and kicks to the proverbial to this man! How blatant! Shocking


  • How scary is this ?! So important to keep your eyes on your kids these days and have them strapped in your shopping trolley.


  • Such a scary thing to have happen.


  • Oh wow that was close this is the reason I make sure I strap my child in. As no one is trustworthy anymore it’s actually so scarey how close that was great catch mum.


  • Incredible! Thankfully there was the cover indeed!!


  • This is terrifying that anybody would do this with the mother just there. Stay vigilant, I say, anywhere your children are, with or without you!


  • how scary! Luckily she didn’t have bad hearing or that baby would have been long gone!


  • Is is any wonder parents are so paranoid these days. You cannot take your eyes off your child for a minute.


  • It was so lucky he didn’t steal the child,l hope they catch the man.


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