Teesside grandmother, 43, who ‘tried to snatch baby’ in Stockton Lidl found guilty of assault


Grandmother, 43, who ‘tried to snatch a baby in Lidl’ but was stopped when shoppers formed a barricade around his pram is found guilty of assault

  • Carolyn Taylor, 43, attempted to grab a baby boy from a pram in Lidl
  • The 43-year-old grandmother from Stockton claimed she was buying her lunch
  • She said the boy’s mother took offence when she said the baby looked cute
  • She will appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court next month for sentencing  

A grandmother has been found guilty of assault ‘after she tried to grab a baby in a supermarket’, a court heard. Carolyn Taylor, 43, stood trial at Teesside Magistrates’ Court last week following an incident on December 4, last year at Lidl, in Stockton.

During the hearing it was claimed the Teessider repeatedly tried to grab a baby boy from a buggy in the supermarket. However, Taylor denied the act and said she would ‘never hurt a child’.

The child’s mother was unable to attend court but a fellow shopper gave evidence. He said: ‘I’d gone into Lidl and as I was walking down I saw a young lady pushing a buggy and behind her was the defendant following her. Straight away I could tell something was amiss.

‘The mother was distressed she seemed heartbroken. The defendant was fixating on the baby saying there was something wrong with him. She went to grab the hat from the baby. She was fixating on him. It was just madness, crazy.’

Grandmother Carolyn Taylor, 43, of Stockton, pictured outside Teesside Magistrates' Court, had denied assault following the incident in Lidl in Stockton on December 4, 2021

Grandmother Carolyn Taylor, 43, of Stockton, pictured outside Teesside Magistrates’ Court, had denied assault following the incident in Lidl in Stockton on December 4, 2021

Taylor will be sentenced for assault at Teesside Magistrates' Court on July 13

Taylor will be sentenced for assault at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on July 13

The witness said he felt ‘threatened’ by the defendant and said she repeatedly kept trying to grab the baby leading to himself and fellow shoppers building a barricade around the mother and pram.

A day later, Taylor was interviewed by police and denied the offence. During the trial the Teessider – who has no previous convictions – claimed she visited the shop to buy lunch and said to the mother ‘isn’t he cute?’ but said the woman took offence.

She said: ‘I remember walking in the shop and I approached a lady who had a child in a pushchair. I said isn’t he cute? And she looked at me strangely so I said is he ok? She pulled the pushchair back very abrupt and said what are you doing? I was a bit taken back and shocked. It’s all exaggerated. I did not go to grab him I said he didn’t look very well and lifted his hat slightly.’

Taylor, of Stockton, was found guilty of assault and will be sentenced on July 13, at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

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