Toddler ‘kidnapped’ right in front of his parents in a busy restaurant Toddler ‘kidnapped’ right in front of his parents in a busy restaurant
This is the shocking moment a man appears to try to kidnap a child as the youngster plays just a few feet away from... Toddler ‘kidnapped’ right in front of his parents in a busy restaurant

This is the shocking moment a man appears to try to kidnap a child as the youngster plays just a few feet away from his parents.

CCTV footage shows the toddler walking towards the play area of a Spur steak restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa, while his parents eat their meal in a booth nearby.

Seconds later an unidentified man in a blue T-shirt walks up behind the 22-month-old boy – and seems to snatch him.

Luckily the child’s father immediately spots something amiss and rushes over to rescue the boy.

When the father confronts the man, he is said to have claimed he was “only playing” before handing the child over.

Before being snatched the boy can be seen walking towards the play area of the restaurant
Before being snatched the boy can be seen walking towards the play area of the restaurant (Photo: Facebook)

Restaurant security were then called to remove the man.

The video was posted on social media this week to highlight the importance of parents always watching their children closely.

The mother of the boy, who was pregnant at the time, told local news stations News24: “If, for some reason, my husband looked down to have a bite of food or just looked in a different direction for a split second, the situation could have had an entirely different ending.”

The family said they went to a police station afterwards to lodge a complaint of attempted kidnapping but claim police dropped the case after two days.

If the father hadn't been watching closely the ending could have been very different
If the father hadn’t been watching closely the ending could have been very different (Photo: Facebook)
It took only a few seconds for the man to grab the boy
It took only a few seconds for the man to grab the boy (Photo: Facebook)

It is thought three people were involved in the kidnap plot – with the man likely to have passed the child on to someone else to avoid suspicion.

“I think they wanted to pass my son to the woman and have her leave the restaurant with him as it would look less suspicious,” the mother explained.

“You always think it will happen to somebody else, until it happens to you. Then it becomes very real.

“The moral of the story is how quick this can happen and how vigilant you have to be.”

The mother realised something was up after seeing her husband rush off to retrieve the boy
The mother realised something was up after seeing her husband rush off to retrieve the boy (Photo: Facebook)

The incident is believed to have happened in November last year.

A spokesperson for the restaurant said: “Management immediately intervened and although the man insisted it was a practical joke, mall security was called and the case was reported to the police, however upon investigation the police chose not to prosecute.

“The family have been regular visitors to the Spur since the incident. The safety of children is a massive priority to Spur, we have recently increased our staff in all the Play Canyons countrywide.”

 

Source: Mirror

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Keekee Tucker

    2017-06-21 #1 Author

    Omg that’s crazy, this is a crazy world we live in espically the people how could you wanna take a innocent child

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  • JC

    2017-06-21 #2 Author

    There are really some crazy ppl in this world! I’m glad Dad was paying enough attention to realize something want right!

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  • Britney

    2017-06-21 #3 Author

    Omg!!! That’s why my kids never get out of my site or arm reach!

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  • Shaikyila Edwards

    2017-06-21 #4 Author

    Omg! This World is So ignorant , Seriously. Who wants to kidnap or even Steal what’s Not there’s? Thats Crazy , Even the Parents Should be Talked to Because Maybe if they Paid more Attention While in Public to There Kids then They wouldn’t be Kidnapped .

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  • Cindyvette

    2017-06-21 #5 Author

    Omg what is this world coming to.

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  • Gloria

    2017-06-21 #6 Author

    Lord we need you…”what has our world come to…y do we cause each other such pain by preying on these innocent souls…

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  • Renaissance

    2017-06-21 #7 Author

    – this is so crazy omg

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  • Candace

    2017-06-21 #8 Author

    – this is so sad omg

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  • Vanessa

    2017-06-21 #9 Author

    Wow ! How sad ! We need to watch our babies more closely

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  • Brianica Bryant

    2017-06-21 #10 Author

    This is so crazy! This happens all the time. As a parent you have to absolutely watch your child at all times because your child can easily become the next victim, and the only thing on your mind will be “why didn’t I keep my eyes on my child”. As a mother of a 1 1/2 year old I refuse to let her walk around anywhere unless her hand is in mine.

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  • Brandon keys

    2017-06-21 #11 Author

    Wow this is crazy! Really have to pay attention!!

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  • Nisha green

    2017-06-22 #12 Author

    Omg this is crazy ask parents you always have to keep a Eye on you children because there are so crazy people in this world that mean no good

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  • Angel

    2017-06-22 #13 Author

    Hate seeing things like this Makes me scared to go anywhere

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