Shocking footage has emerged of an attempted daylight child abduction from a shop as the little girl's mother was queuing nearby.
The CCTV footage, released by police and published by NBC News, shows the kidnap attempt on a four-year-old girl at approximately 2.30pm in a shop in California last week.
The footage shows the child’s mother standing in the queue when a man reaches in and grabs the little girl.
Fortunately the man, who was 24 years old, lost grip of the toddler and, following a chase, was later taken into police custody.
The little girl, who was unharmed, is seen desperately clinging to her mum’s legs after the attack.