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Suspect arrested in attempted New Tampa baby kidnapping

A Tampa man has been charged with attempted kidnapping following an Aug. 4 incident at a New Tampa park.

Tampa police said James Wood, 21, of 16005 Boswell Way, tried to grab an infant from a mother’s arms at Hampton Park, 16311 Tampa Palms Blvd.W.

The victim was with her two small children when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her shoulder and turned her around, police said. The woman ran and the man chased her. A security guard chased the man but lost him. Police said the man was attempting to grab a child.

Officers found Wood at a local hospital hours after the incident, police said.

He was taken into custody Thursday, police said.

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