Houston grocery store cam catches man trying to steal baby


HOUSTON — A Houston mother says a man in an H-Mart tried to grab her baby out of the shopping cart.

Surveillance video at the H-Mart on Bellaire Blvd. captured the moment Florence Monauer briefly turned her back to her child. That was long enough for a stranger to walk by and pick her baby up out of the shopping cart. Monauer says her daughter Emery was buckled into the shopping cart using a baby seat. The mom says that device saved the girl’s life, because the man could not take her with him.

The girl started to scream and Monauer turned around to confront the man. She says he told the little girl, “Aww. I was just trying to take you while your mom wasn’t looking.” Monauer says she didn’t know what to do and thought the man was just overly-friendly, maybe unaware of what is appropriate.

The mother says she didn’t want to make a big scene and doesn’t like to assume the worst about people. But the more she watches the video, the worse it looks. Monauer says H-Mart was extremely helpful and doesn’t want the story to hurt their reputation.

The mother urges all parents to use a shopping cart cover that straps the child to the cart. You never know when a parent’s momentary distraction will become a predator’s chance to attack.