Brittney Baxter is just 7 years old, but she can sure put up a fight. She screamed and kicked her way out of a kidnapping attempt in an Atlanta area Walmart on Wednesday.
The Georgia girl was wandering through the Bremen Walmart toy aisle on when she narrowly escaped being kidnapped by a man police say recently finished a prison sentence. Her mother had stepped away for less than a couple of minutes to go to the fruit section. Within that short time frame, Thomas A. Woods, 25, of Austell, Ga., grabbed Brittney and tried to take her out of the store.
Fortunately, store video captured Woods trying to silence Brittney while she fought back. In an interview with ABC News, Brittney said, “I was screaming and kicking and trying to get away and he put his hand over my mouth.”
The video shows a man, believed to be Woods, approach Baxter and grab her, covering up the girl’s mouth and struggling to subdue her.
Woods decided this wasn’t going to be easy, so he dropped the girl and ran out of the store.
Even better, surveillance cameras outside the store captured Woods getting into his car. This allowed police to put out a detailed alert that resulted in Woods being caught by police. He was caught less than an hour later at his home in Tallapoosa, Ga., which is a town about 10 miles west of the store.
Last October, Woods completed a prison sentence for an involuntary manslaughter conviction dating back to when he was 17 years old. Woods is currently on probation, and claims he had nothing to do with Baxter’s attempted kidnapping. He denies being in the Walmart.
Woods has been charged with attempted kidnapping.
Brittney’s family is grateful their daughter is okay, and happy that she is such a fighter. “I’m very proud of her,” said her dad, Randall Baxter. “I just thank the Lord that she got away.” Brittney’s mother is still understandably very shaken and said she will now be afraid to let her daughter out of her sight.
In the ABC News interview, Brittney was asked if she had any advice to offer other children. Brittney said, “Always scream, try to scream and kick as hard as you can and go get someone you can trust.”
Good advice from Brittney and good for her for fighting back and not allowing herself to become another missing child victim and statistic.
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Other Source: Huffington Post