Baby girl snatched at Texas Wal-Mart

August 14, 2002


ABILENE, Texas (CNN) — A month-old girl was grabbed out of her mother’s van at a Wal-Mart store in Abilene, Texas, on Tuesday by a woman who then fled the scene in a car, police said.

The girl was abducted around 4:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. EDT). Her mother had just placed the baby and her two other children, ages 6 and 2, in the van and had gone to return the shopping cart, according to police.

As she started to return a moment later, she told police she saw a woman taking Nancy, in her infant seat, out of the van and putting her in another vehicle.

The mother tried to stop the vehicle from getting away and was dragged across the parking lot and slightly injured, police said. Another bystander who tried to stop the car may have broken the passenger side window.

Police described the suspect in the abduction as a white female in her late 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-5-inches to 5-foot-8-inches tall, heavy set with a round face and clear complexion. She had shoulder-length brownish blonde hair with red highlights, possibly bleached, and was wearing a pink short-sleeve shirt.