Mum punched by man who tried to grab baby from her arms in Grimsby town centre
A PENSIONER was branded "every parent's nightmare" after trying to grab a baby from her mother's arms during a "nasty" attempted abduction.
He punched the terrified mother and repeatedly tried to wrestle the helpless tot from the woman's grasp, a court heard.
Peter Lowe, 68, of Brough Court, Coulbeck Drive, Cleethorpes, admitted attempting to abduct a baby and assaulting her mother on June 27.
Chloe Fairley, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that the 20-year-old mother was holding her baby in her arms at a bus stop in Grimsby town centre.
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She leaned over to put her 11-month-old daughter in a pushchair when she felt pain from Lowe hitting the side of her stomach.
She lost her balance and lost her grip on the baby, causing the tot to fall through her arms.
Lowe grabbed the baby's arm. The mother was able to keep hold of her and there was a struggle, said Miss Fairley.
Lowe grabbed the mother's arm, squeezed it and punched her in the stomach, causing her to panic that she might lose her unborn baby.
She fell to her knees and Lowe grabbed the baby's foot and hand, trying to pull the tot from her mother's grip.
"Her daughter was screaming and crying out," said Miss Fairley.
A male member of the public started shouting at Lowe and he ran away.
He was later arrested after his description was circulated.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said it was a "nasty" incident and Lowe's behaviour was "every parent's nightmare".
It was a spur-of-the-moment offence and Lowe claimed he would "probably just have held" the baby.
"He presents a risk and that needs to be reduced," said Mr Bailey.
Lowe had been in custody for seven-and-a-half months.
He had shown remorse and suffered from mental health difficulties, including schizophrenia.
He had previously worked as a street cleaner, but had to leave that job because of taunts and abuse from children.
Judge David Tremberg told Lowe: "It's every parent's nightmare to have a stranger try to abduct their child, particularly in a case like this when it was a young woman who was on her own and 17 weeks' pregnant, and against whom you used some violence.
"Let this be a lesson to you and let this be the last time you ever appear before a criminal court," he said.
Lowe was jailed for two years.