Police: Stranger tried to leave with 2-year-old on street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

BENSONHURST, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are looking for a woman accused of approaching a 2-year-old girl on a Brooklyn street and starting to walk off with the girl before the child's mother stopped her.

Eyewitness News is hiding her identity, her 6-year-old sister, and their Mom, who we will call 'Sara'.

The trio was out doing errands on Saturday morning, when the suspect started following them. They stopped to speak with a neighbor, who has a dog. As the children began playing with the puppy, Sara tells Eyewitness News that the suspect held her 2-year-old daughter's hand.

"It did not cross my mind that she's going to do something, because she was smiling and being nice to the girl," said Sara.

She insists there were no red flags, and the suspect tried it again - nothing. However, the third time was much different. Sara says the suspect turned and started walking away.

"I looked at her and said 'hold on, what are you doing?' and as I said that, she grabbed the baby and ran," Sara adds.

The suspect simply walked away. The neighbors who witnessed the suspect trying to take her friend's daughter was devastated, and did not want to be identified.

"I'm sorry, this is a three-year-old child, I was just grateful she got her baby back," the neighbor said.

The family is still in shock over how this could have ended.

The suspect is described as about 30 years old, wearing a red and white checkered blouse and jeans.
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