HOUSTON, TX -– A Texas mom is on edge after a man walked up to her shopping cart and quietly attempted to grab her 14-month-old daughter.
The entire event was captured on surveillance video where you can see the mother, Florence Monauer, standing by her cart shopping for groceries.
While her head is turned, a man walks up to the cart and pulls her daughter out.
Luckily, the stranger wasn’t able to get the baby fully out of the cart because she was strapped in.
"She was attached to the shopping cart cover, and I think if it weren't for that cover, he probably would have taken off with her all together,” Monauer said.
She says the man never spoke to her directly, but he said something disturbing to her baby.
“‘Oh, I was trying to take you while your mother wasn't looking,’” Monauer said the man told her daughter. “It was such a strange thing to say.”
The man has not been identified or charged with a crime. Houston Police are investigating the incident as a possible attempted abduction.
Stranger child abductions are rare, according to Beth Alberts of the Texas Center for the Missing, but she says abductors are getting more brazen than before.
"We're getting so good at preventing these types of things that people who truly want to go to those measures have to be more and more desperate and more and more risk-taker,” she said.