A young mother says a stranger walked up to her inside the Overland Park, Kansas, Walmart and attempted to steal her baby before he started choking her four-month-old.
Overland Park Police said the woman stopped by the Walmart on Wednesday morning to pick up a few items when she was approached by an unidentified man at checkout, NBC affiliate KSHB reported.
The stranger then attempted to grab the infant out of a cart and flee. He began choking the baby until it turned red, police said. The mother screamed for help and other shoppers tackled the man and subdued him until police arrived. The suspect remains in police custody.
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The mother told police she did not know the man. Authorities said the man may have been under the influence.
The child was treated at the scene and was not seriously injured in the attack, KSHB reported.