VIDEO: Man picks up baby out of shopping cart while mom's back is turned

Man picks up baby out of cart in store

HOUSTON (KTRK/CNN) - A Houston mom is on edge after a man walked up to her shopping cart and quietly attempted to grab her 18-month old daughter. The entire event was captured on surveillance video.

She says she was shopping, turned her head away for seconds, and a stranger walked up and grabbed her 18-month-old daughter from the cart. He wasn't able to get her fully out of the cart because she was strapped in.

"She was attached to the shopping cart cover and I think if it weren't for that cover he probably would have taken off with her all together," the child's mother, Florence Monauer, said.

The Texas Center for the Missing says while stranger child abductions are rare, abductors seem to be more brazen than before.

"We're getting so good at preventing these types of things, that people who truly want to go to those measures have to be more and more desperate and more and more risk-taker," said Beth Alberts with the Texas Center for the Missing.

Florence said the man never spoke to her directly but said something disturbing.

(Florence Monauer, Mother) "Oh I was trying to take you while your mother wasn't looking. And it was such a strange thing to say," Monauer said.

The man has not been identified and is not charged with a crime. Houston police say they are just now starting their investigation into the case and examining it as a possible attempted abduction.

"And the fact that this happens on the one time that I was turned away, it just speaks volumes," Monauer said.

The FBI has created an app called Child ID, where you can store your child's photos and information. If something ever does happen to your child, you can send that info immediately from your phone, straight to law enforcement.

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