Shocking CCTV: Woman grabs one-year-old by throat before saying 'that baby would rather be dead'
Metropolitan Police release CCTV of woman calmly walking into Boots in central London before carrying out attack on stranger's baby in pushchair
A woman reached into a pram to grab a one-year-old boy by the throat before saying: "That baby would rather be dead".
The stranger calmly walked into a chemist in central London before carrying out the attack on the baby in a pushchair.
Police have released CCTV of the woman, who was shoved away by the victim's mother after holding onto his throat "for a second".
The mother's quick reaction meant the baby was not injured in the daytime assault at Boots, in The Strand.
Scotland Yard said they have issued the footage in a bid to track down the woman, who is seen being escorted from the shop by a security guard seconds after the incident at around 12.30pm on January 16.
The suspect is described as a white woman, aged in her early 60s, chubby, with light hair and a boil or eye deformity.
Thought to be around 5ft 2ins tall, she was dressed in a white, red and grey striped poncho and wore a deer stalker hat.
Police said the mother, who was looking at something on a shelf when the woman approached, initially thought the attacker was "going to just look and fuss over her baby" but she is seen quickly grabbing the woman's hand and moving the pram away from her.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "She appeared to have been followed in by the suspect who walked straight to the pushchair and reached into it taking hold of the baby's throat for a second.
"The mother of the baby had originally thought that the suspect was going to just look and fuss over her baby, but when she saw what was actually happening, she immediately grabbed the suspect's hand to prevent the assault from continuing.
"The suspect uttered the words 'that baby would rather be dead' as she was escorted out by a security guard at Boots. She then proceeded to walk off towards Trafalgar Square."
They added that the baby was not injured thanks to his mother's quick reaction, but the woman was "extremely shaken up and traumatised" by the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to phone police 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.