The Georgia girl was wandering through the Bremen Walmart toy aisle on Wednesday when she narrowly escaped being kidnapped by a man police say recently finished a prison sentence, according to reports.
Authorities arrested Thomas Andrew Woods, 25 of Austell, Ga., later that afternoon using surveillance footage of the incident and parking lot outside the store to track down the suspect at his home just a few miles away, WSBTV reports.
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.
“I was kicking and screaming, and then he put his hand over my mouth, but I kept kicking,” Baxter told CBS Atlanta.
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.
“I didn’t touch anybody. I didn’t bother nobody. I was never there,” Woods said as police arrested him, according to MyFoxAtlanta.
Woods is charged with attempted kidnapping.
by Steven Hoffer