(Inside Edition) -- A North Carolina man was jailed this week after cops say he attempted to snatch a baby while her mother shopped in a Walmart store.
Police in Shelby said Thursday that 43-year-old Eric Richardson seemed nice at first while speaking to the 10-month-old on Wednesday.
But the mother, who spoke to WSOC about the incident, said the man's tone quickly changed from sweet to startling.
"He like put a grip on her arm and was like, 'You can come home with me.' I was like, 'No we don't talk to strangers,' and that's when he tried to pull her towards him," the mother told the ABC affiliate.
Shelby police reviewed in-store surveillance and say they saw Richardson hold another baby in the footage before he finally left the store.
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Richardson was arrested Wednesday, according to online police records.
He is due back in court Thursday.