LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Los Angeles police have arrested a woman they say attacked an infant in a stroller in the downtown toy district and claimed she was trying to break the baby’s arm off “so she could eat it.”
Natasha Hubbard, 36, was arrested and has been charged with aggravated assault.
The attack took place on July 21st around 1 p.m., according to detectives.
Central Area Detectives are releasing Hubbard’s photograph in hopes that if there are other victims, they will come forward. This happened in the crowded shopping district near Skidrow, so detectives believe there could be other victims.
Detectives say Adriana Miranda, 29, was pushing her 4 month-old infant son, Alexander, in a stroller on Boyd Street, near San Julian Street in the Toy District along with her sister. The baby was belted in his infant carrier when, without warning, Hubbard removed the belt and grabbed the child by the leg, detectives say. Witnesses described her as swinging the child over her head, and slamming him into a metal rail of a nearby truck.
“The mother and aunt fought off the woman and Mom grabbed the baby,” according to LAPD’s Lt. Paul Vernon explained. “Hubbard attacked Adriana, scratching and clawing her as she clutched Alexander in her arms.”
Mother and aunt ran into an adjoining store for protection, as their assailant ran away. However, the owner of the store pushed the victims back out onto the street. Arriving officers were able to locate Hubbard with the help of witnesses who pointed her out. She was booked for Aggravated Assault and her bail was set at $30,000.
Hubbard told detectives at the police station that she tried to break off the baby’s arm so she could eat it.
The infant received bruises and scratches as a result of the attack. The infant’s mother, Adriana also sustained minor injuries.