Police in Texas are investigating claims a man took a toddler out of a shopping trolley while her mother was distracted in an attempt to abduct her.
Florence Monauer says the man was only foiled when she turned back from the shelves to see the man holding her 14-month-old daughter.
The incident took place at a H Mart in Houston on Saturday, and was captured on the store's CCTV system.
Ms Monauer believes the man may have got away with it if she hadn't heard fabric rustling.
By his manner, she is convinced he wasn't being overly friendly, but had evil intentions.
"I wanted people to be aware that this does happen and I want to prevent the same thing from happening," she told Click 2 Houston.
"It gave me chills just thinking that this could've happened to my child and it may happen to someone else. I definitely want him to get caught."
It is being investigated as an attempted abduction, police said.