Watch: Mother clings to bonnet as carjacker attempts to steal vehicle with her daughter (8) inside
Police have released CCTV footage to the public of a man who was involved in a carjacking - with an 8-year-old girl still inside.
The man attempted to steal the car as it lay idle outside a childcare centre, not realising the vehicle had a young occupant sitting in the back.
As the thief began to pull away, the distraught mother ran out of the centre in Texas and clung to the bonnet of the moving Nissan Altima.
The incident occurred outside Kids Corner Daycare in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas yesterday morning at around 730am.
The 24-year-old mother had been dropping her son (4) off at daycare and had left the car running with her daughter inside.
According to Dallas Police, the carjacker continued to drive from the scene with the mother still gripping the bonnet.
Her young daughter managed to leap from the moving vehicle, sustaining minor injuries to the palms of her hands and her knees.
The woman remained on the car until it stopped some distance away, sustaining serious 'road rash' injuries.
The suspect then assaulted her and took money from her.
He has been decribed as a black male aged between 20 and 25 years and standing at around 5’ 5” tall.
He was wearing a gray hoodie with the hood pulled over his head, and dark jeans at the time of the incident.
Dallas Police have released the footage in an attempt to gather some information who remains at large.