Saturday, May 10, 2014

Man Attempts to Lead Toddler Away When Mother Turned Her Back In a Busy Mall

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Images from a CCTV recording in a busy shopping centre have shown how a man had wanted to lead a toddler away from his mother who had turned her back for just a few minutes.

In the CCTV footage shared on DailyMail, the young family can be seen walking through the shopping centre in Derby, East Midlands. At one point (far left), the unnamed mother walks very slightly ahead of her child – and seconds later a man wearing a dark jacket and a cap appears.

He then approaches the 22-month-old (second left) as the child follows his mother into a store. The man then appears to try and persuade the child to walk off with him (second right). But the unnamed mother turns around (right) and challenges the man, who then seems to apologise and walk off.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to this shocking incident – which took place on Thursday morning.

This is every parents nightmare and it is so scary for me how little time was needed for the man to take the child away. It couldn't have been up to a minute! I was brought up to always have those younger than I am and who I am in charge off walk ahead of me in a public place or along the road. Please parents and carers of little ones, do shine your eyes.


  1. you just read my mind.. I was always told the same too.. My baby sis is 12 and she hates when I tell her to walk few steps in front of me when we at a busy place or hold my hand..Thank God the mom noticed fast.

  2. Oyinbo people are too guilty of this.
    How many children I see wandering around and the not parents looking back.
    Our culture makes us more at alert which I appreciate.


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