NORCROSS, Ga. – In a desperate struggle to save her baby, a Georgia mother fought off her child’s would-be abductor in a McDonald’s parking lot.
The 35-year-old woman, whose name wasn’t released, was eating with her family Wednesday morning when she noticed a strange man sit down close to them.
When she walked out of the McDonald’s restaurant, located at 6165 McDonough Drive in Norcross, Georgia, the man followed her.
She buckled the 10-month-old into the car seat and was walking around to the front of the car when the man, who Gwinnett County police identified as 19-year-old Sterlyn Reynolds, allegedly opened the door and began trying to tear the child out of the car seat, according to WXIA-TV.
A struggle ensued and Reynolds bit one of the woman’s family members who tried to stop him, police said. The baby’s mother began hitting Reynolds while trying to keep her child from coming out of the car seat. To get away, the woman bit Reynolds on the arm, grabbed her baby and ran into the McDonald’s, according to police.
Officers searched the surrounding area and arrested Reynolds at the nearby Horizon Inn Suites.
The baby was treated for minor injuries to the arms and neck.
Reynolds faces charges of kidnapping and cruelty to children in the first degree. According to the family, no one remembered ever having seen Reynolds before.