Sometimes the most horrifying crimes occur in the most innocuous of spaces where we would never dream someone would think of doing something heinous, like kidnapping a child.

But oftentimes, that false sense of security is what makes it so easy for bold criminals to get away with. They're capitalizing on most victim's lack of mental preparedness for the worst possible outcome, which is something this mother thinks a man was trying to do while she was with her daughter at the grocery store.


In the video, you can see the man pick up the little girl while her mother's back is turned. And then try to play it off once Mom realizes what's going on.

Florence Monauer uploaded video footage of the scary event. At first she thought she was just being judgmental of the man, and gave him the benefit of the doubt of simply being overly friendly.


However, upon reviewing the footage, it became clear he was up to no good. So she shared the video, along with a warning to other parents to be on the lookout.

EDIT: this is in Houston, Texas at the H-Mart on bellaire blvd. I'd hate for them to lose their reputation. They have been very helpful in this ordeal.

I got surveillance. Let me explain my actions first because it appeared I was OK with it. I thought he was just an over-friendly guy and maybe he didn't understand what was appropriate and what wasn't. I didn't want to make a big scene out of it, and I generally don't want to assume that people are up to no good. I'm so angry with myself for letting him hold her for even a second. The more I thought about it, the more wrong it appeared. Please be on the look out for this guy!


Her post has racked up over 30,000 views, and people seem to agree that this guy was definitely trying to kidnap Florence's baby girl.

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However, there are some people who think that the video doesn't indicate the man wasn't necessarily up to no good.

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What do you think? Was he trying to kidnap the woman's baby girl and play it off like he wasn't? Or is the mom being paranoid?