A five-month-old baby girl who’d been taken away from her grandmother at a crowded mall in Changsha was located and safely returned thanks to the help of alert netizens.
The baby’s father, a teacher surnamed Zhou, had gone to Wanda Plaza on Sunday with his baby Meng Meng, who was carried by her grandmother.
Sometime after 5:30 p.m., a woman approached the child’s grandmother and said, “Meng Meng is so cute. Could I hold her?”
Assuming the lady knew Meng Meng and Zhou, the grandmother handed the child over. Not long after, however, she disappeared in the crowd with the baby.
Surveillance footage from the mall showed that the woman exited the building, took a stroll around a car show outside the mall and then headed towards Wuyi Road.
Along with local police, Zhou rushed to the spot where the lady was last seen on street surveillance video, but she was no where to be found. The incident was shared online, and instantly spread among netizens in the community eager to help track down the child.
Two hours later, the Changsha police received a call from a woman who claimed to have seen the baby with her neighbor. The caller said that the woman was mentally ill.
Apparently, the baby-napper had arrived at the mall and overheard the child’s grandmother calling her name, then pretended to know the baby girl when she approached them.
The infant was safely returned to her mother, who we’re assuming will have second thoughts about letting grandma babysit again.
[Images via Sina News]
By Joyce Ng