A terrified mum was approached by a man who tried to snatch her baby after asking if he could ‘buy’ her child.
The woman had been out walking with her baby when she was accosted by the stranger, who tried to take the youngster from its pram.
He blocked her path on the street, asked if he could buy her baby, then tried to unbuckle the child’s restraints.
But the brave mum managed to turn the pushchair around and shoved the man away before fleeing the scene.
Luckily neither the baby or mum were hurt during the shocking ordeal, reports Birmingham Live.
Police say they believe it was an “isolated incident” and are trying to track down the man.
The incident happened at 8.30am on Tuesday May 11 in Dudley, West Midlands.
The woman had been walking on The Promenade, Brierley, when the man suddenly appeared.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We would like to reassure people there have been no similar reports in the area, at this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident and we are working to track down the man involved.
“Local officers are making CCTV enquiries and patrols have been increased in the surrounding area.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact police using live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight.
Alternatively call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference number 20/200655/21 when passing information on.