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Mom fights off two people trying to snatch her baby outside Walmart, Calif. cops say

This is the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
This is the entrance to a Walmart in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) The Associated Press

A mom fought off two people who tried to take her 1-year-old child from a Walmart parking lot in Bakersfield, California, on Monday afternoon, KERO reported.

The 21-year-old mother told police that a man attacked her while a woman tried to pull the child from her arms at 2:45 p.m., The Bakersfield Californian reported.

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The mom, who suffered minor injuries, managed to escape the pair and drive away, KGET reported. The child was not harmed.

Bakersfield police later arrested Autumn Padilla, 21, and Manuel Sepeda, 28, on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, KERO reported.

Police asked that anyone with information on the incident contact investigators at 661-327-7111, The Bakersfield Californian reported.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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