Woman arrested after allegedly attempting to wander off with a baby in a busy Lake Macquarie shopping centre

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
A woman has been arrested after allegedly trying to leave a shopping centre with a child that was not her own.
A woman has been arrested after allegedly trying to leave a shopping centre with a child that was not her own. Credit: Whereis.

An afternoon at a local shopping centre turned into a nightmare for a family as a woman attempted to wander off with their baby daughter who was resting in a pram.

At about 12.30pm on Sunday 23 June 2024, a couple and their two children aged 2 and 10 months were in a shopping centre at Glendale, when a woman, who was not known to the couple, allegedly took hold of the pram containing the two-year-old girl.

The woman attempted to push the pram containing the child away but was stopped by the mother and other members of the public.

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She then left the shopping centre.

The mother and the children were shaken but not hurt during the incident.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were notified and commenced inquiries into the incident.

Following inquiries, police arrested a 41-year-old woman at a unit in Windale about 12.50pm on Monday. The woman allegedly resisted police officers’ attempts to effect the arrest.

She was taken to Belmont police station where she was charged with three offences - Stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm (personal), Affray and Hinder police.

The woman was granted strict conditional bail to appear before Belmont Local Court on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

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