*Two children, one a 14-year-old boy and the other, a 12-year-old girl, were charged with assaulting a mother on Friday and trying to steal her baby.
The attack was at random on a Toronto street, police said.
According to inspector Art Little of the Toronto Police Service, the crime was a “unique” and “shocking” one.
“This is a very alarming situation… (and) a major cause for concern,” given the obvious vulnerability of the victim and the very young age of her alleged assailants, he told a nationally-televised press conference.
The woman had her 21-month-old infant in her arms as she walked from the subway to her parents’ home in a quiet residential neighborhood. It was then that she was suddenly attacked from behind.
The suspects allegedly “punched and kicked her, knocked her to the ground and demanded her valuables, cash, phone, and her baby,” Little said.
“They continued to kick and punch her without any regard for the safety of the infant in her arms. At one point they even managed to take the infant from her grasp. She fought back and was able to get her baby back,” he said.
It seems these youngsters were on a roll. I hope mama is toe-tappin’ at the front door with a shoe in her hand! They are also suspect in an earlier purse snatching. The two were arrested nearby in a police sweep while the mother and baby were treated in hospital for bruises and emotional trauma.
See the video report directly below.