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Toronto police search for woman after attempted child abduction

Toronto police say the victims were walking a dog with a small child in a carrier on one of their backs when they were approached from behind by the alleged suspect. John Hanley / Global News

Toronto police are searching for a suspect after a woman attempted to snatch a baby from a carrier Saturday afternoon while the child was being taken on a walk by two adults.

According to responding officers, a call came in reporting an assault in the area of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue shortly after noon.

The two victims were walking a dog with the small child in a carrier on one of their backs. The suspect allegedly approached them from behind, attempting to take the baby out of the carrier, police said.

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When one of the victims noticed, they tried to intervene. The suspect then assaulted them, officers said.

According to responding officers, the middle-aged woman believed to be involved in the incident assaulted one of the victims.
According to responding officers, the middle-aged woman believed to be involved in the incident assaulted one of the victims. TPS / Handout

Police describe the suspect as a woman in her early 50s, short with a thin build, and grey hair.

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Police say she was last seen wearing a long black coat, a pink toque, pink gloves, grey sweatpants and black boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at http://www.222tips.com.

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