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Burlington man denies trying to kidnap baby

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Andrew Barrows Andrew Barrows
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Vermont man denies charges that he tried to kidnap a 14-month-old baby in Burlington. Police call the incident disturbing. They say the suspect was likely drunk when he allegedly tried to steal a couple's child. Now, he may never get out from behind bars.

Andrew Barrows didn't say a word after entering a Burlington courtroom Tuesday afternoon, letting his attorney speak for him, entering a plea of not guilty. The 24-year-old from Burlington is accused of trying to kidnap a 14-month-old girl.

Police say the incident occurred at the corner of North and North Prospect streets shortly before midnight Monday.

The parents say Barrows asked a series of vulgar questions while following them; they tried to ignore him.

"At one point he ran up behind them, pulled the mother away from the stroller and attempted to grab the stroller and walk away with it," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Bruce Bovat said. "As you can imagine the parents were very alarmed. They were able to grab the stroller, a struggle ensued; they regained control."

Police caught up with Barrows a couple blocks away and say he appeared to be intoxicated.

"Baby was not hurt as far as we know. Mother who had control of the stroller initially was yanked away from the stroller, but I didn't see anywhere in the report or any indication that there was injury," Bovat said.

The judge ordered Barrows held without bail because he also has a pending sex assault charge from the beginning of this year. If he's found guilty of both offenses, he'll have two life sentences to serve.

Police say parents can take steps to protect their kids, like walking in well-lit areas, but add that this incident is bizarre and would likely catch any parent off guard.

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