Nanny fights back against would-be kidnapper

CHELSEA, New York (PIX11) – A nanny fought off a woman who was trying to steal an 8-month-old boy in her care, police said.

It happened about 3:45 p.m. Monday near west 17th Street and Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, NYPD said.

The woman approached the nanny and tried to snatch the stroller – and the baby boy strapped inside – from her grip, but the nanny refused to let go.

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Police identified the suspect as Tara Anne McDonald. (Photo/NYPD)

A delivery truck driver heard the nanny’s screams for help and ran to assist, scaring away the attacker — identified by police as Tara Anne McDonald, 46 — who ran away heading south on Eighth Avenue.

The would-be abductor, who investigators think may be a transient, is described as wearing a beige hat and a beige overcoat at the time of the attack.

Investigators are combing through surveillance footage from stores near the scene of the attack.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-877-TIPS.

PIX11’s Monica Morales contributed to this report.

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Police released this sketch of a woman they say tried to steal a stroller-bound baby from his nanny the afternoon of April 17, 2014, in Chelsea. (Photo: NYPD)


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