Girl Fights Off Kidnapper

February 9, 2012 by staff 

Girl Fights Off Kidnapper, A 7-year-old Georgia girl managed to scream and kick her way out of a kidnapping attempt in an Atlanta area Walmart by a man out on parole for voluntary manslaughter, authorities said.

Brittney Baxter was alone in the toy aisle of a Bremen, Ga., Walmart Wednesday while her mom was briefly in another section of the store, the family told “Good Morning America.”

As Brittney stood alone, Bremen police say Thomas A. Woods, 25, of Austell, Ga., grabbed her and tried to take her out of the store.

Store video captured Woods trying to silence Brittney while she fought back.

“I was screaming and kicking and trying to get away and he put his hand over my mouth,” Brittney said in an interview in her family’s home just hours after the incident occurred.

Brittney’s fight proved effective as Woods quickly dropped her to make an escape from the store.

“He just dropped me and went and ran off,” Brittney, a second-grader, said.

Surveillance cameras outside the store captured Woods getting into his car. Police were able to put out a detailed alert that resulted in Woods being caught by police less than an hour later in Tallapoosa, Ga., a town about 10 miles west of the store.

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