Mum’s horror as woman twice ‘tries to snatch her baby from his buggy twice’
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A woman has spoken of her horror after a woman allegedly tried to snatch her one-year-old baby from his buggy.
The incident is understood to have taken place at two locations in Tralee on Thursday — the first on the North Circular Road and the second in a nearby shop
The mum and her child were just starting to do their shopping when a woman approached them outside and tried to take control of the buggy.© Provided by Extra.ie A woman has been arrested after an alleged incident involving a baby and its mother which took place in Kerry this week. Pic: Getty Images
When the mum stopped her, the strange left the scene. Minutes later the same woman approached the mum and baby in a shop and tried to unbuckle the child.
Staff and security from the shop rushed to the victim and offered their help. Gardai were then called to the scene and detained the woman.
Gardai confirmed that the woman involved in the alleged incident was arrested under the Mental Health Act, 2018.
A spokesperson said in a statement to Extra.ie: ‘Gardai attended the scene of an incident on the North Circular Road, Tralee, County Kerry, at approximately 12.30pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021.
‘One woman was arrested by Gardai under the Mental Health Act, 2018, and continues to receive medical attention.
‘Due to the sensitive nature of this incident, An Garda Siochana have no further comment at this time.’© Provided by Extra.ie
The alleged incident is understood to have taken place at two locations in Tralee on Thursday — the first on the North Circular Road and the second in a nearby Dunnes Stores. Pic: Getty Images
Radio Kerry reported on Friday that the woman who was arrested is alleged to have attempted to take the mother’s baby from her on both occasions.
It is understood that the woman allegedly attempted to take the child from his buggy while he was with his mother.
The mum who experienced the incident told Radio Kerry: ‘I hope she gets help because I think she’s after some big trauma or something like that.’© Provided by Extra.ie Gardai confirmed that the woman involved in the alleged incident was arrested under the Mental Health Act, 2018. Pic: Shutterstock
‘It was traumatising but I feel sorry for her because she obviously wasn’t well.’
Providing an update on the baby, the mum added: ‘He’s happy out. There is no bother on him. He’s too small to understand anything like that.’
‘You have to be careful. Nobody is expecting something like that to happen but everyone has to be careful, even with older children.’