A proud mom who was showing off her new baby at the supermarket in Wythenshawe, near Manchester, was left traumatised when a man suddenly punched the newborn baby in the head and then claimed he thought the “baby was a doll.”
Amy Duckers explained that while she was shopping at Tesco, a neighbor had come over to look at five-day-old Elsie Rose when the man approached and “punched the baby in the head.”
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“We all heard the punch land on my little baby. We didn’t react at first as we were just so shocked. Then I just screamed,” Duckers told police. “He could easily have killed her,” she said, fighting back tears.
She added: “He then just apologized and said ‘sorry I thought it was a doll.’”
The baby, who weighs just 6lbs 12oz, was rushed to hospital in an ambulance but is not believed to have been seriously injured.
Police have arrested a 63-year-old man in connection with the incident, according to local reports.