A woman was captured when she was trying to kidnap two children who were on their way to Disney World at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
A 26-year-old Esther Daniels was captured while talking to a family at the Atlanta airport. In the video, she allegedly grabbed a stroller with a child inside, WSB-TV, CBS46, and ABC News reported. The mother fought with her, Daniels allegedly reached for the family’s second child before the father stopped her.
As the father fought Daniels, a traffic control officer saw this fighting and immediately came to help. That’s when Daniels is seen on security footage running away from the scene, only to be followed by the officer.
“Her behavior was very erratic, but we can’t really speak on what her mental state was, but we can agree that what she did was very erratic and odd, to say the least,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Tashena Brown told WSB-TV.
Daniels was sent to a local hospital for a checkup before she was arrested and charged with kidnapping and obstructing an officer. The police department praised the traffic officer for her quick thinking.
“She deserves all the praise,” Brown said, according to WSB-TV. “Especially for her to have been working, really, in a civilian capacity, for her to just to jump in right away with no hesitation, is amazing.”
The family was on their way to Disney World when the incident happened, according to the station.
Police said that the children are safe and were not injured in the attempted abduction.
It is unclear whether Daniels has an attorney. She has not entered a plea and remains behind bars in Clayton County Jail without bond.
Thank god the children are safe and sound.