Lidl chaos as woman tries to snatch baby from pram and other shoppers intervene

A Lidl shopper has described the "madness" of an incident in the supermarket that saw a grandmother "fixated" on a woman's child, before allegedly lunging at the youngster and trying to take him.

Carolyn Taylor, 43, was found guilty of assault at Teesside Magistrates' Court last week following the incident on December 4, last year at Lidl, in Stockton, Durham.

The court heard that the gran "tried to grab a baby in a supermarket," a claim corroborated by a witness who described the "crazy" incident.

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However, Taylor denied the act and said she would "never hurt a child".

The child's mother was unable to attend court but the fellow shopper gave evidence, saying that the defendant "was fixating on the baby".

"I'd gone into Lidl and as I was walking down I saw a young lady pushing a buggy and behind her was the defendant following her.

"Straight away I could tell something was amiss," the man said.

He continued: "The mother was distressed, she seemed heartbroken. The defendant was fixating on the baby saying there was something wrong with him.

"She went to grab the hat from the baby. She was fixating on him. It was just madness, crazy."

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The witness said he felt "threatened" by the defendant and said she repeatedly kept trying to grab the baby leading to himself and fellow shoppers building a barricade around the mother and pram.

A day later, Taylor was interviewed by police and denied the offence. During the trial Taylor – who has no previous convictions – claimed she visited the shop to buy lunch and said to the mother "isn't he cute?" but said the woman took offence.

She said: "I remember walking in the shop and I approached a lady who had a child in a pushchair. I said isn't he cute? And she looked at me strangely so I said is he ok? She pulled the pushchair back very abrupt and said what are you doing? I was a bit taken back and shocked.

"It's all exaggerated. I did not go to grab him I said he didn't look very well and lifted his hat slightly."

Taylor, from Stockton, was found guilty of assault and will be sentenced on July 13, at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

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