Day care workers in Delaware stopped a man from walking off with two babies after the stranger shoved his way into the facility and grabbed the infants, state police said Friday.
A man burst into a Bear, Delaware day care center, hit staff members and attempted to abduct two infants, just after 7 a.m. Friday at Happy Kids Academy at 273 Old Baltimore Pike, state police said.
The man rang the front doorbell and when a female worker answered the door, state police say 47-year-old Calvin Davis pushed her in the face and barged into single floor facility.
Davis, a Newark resident, made his way to the center's infant room and began arguing with the staff member inside. Eventually, he punched her in the face, police said.
He grabbed two infants from the floor, put one under each arm, and attempted to leave, police said.
The first staffer blocked the exit, while the other employee came from behind Davis and grabbed one of the infants. The second child slowly began to fall down his body before they were rescued by staff, police said.
The suspect ran from the day care, punching a car in the parking lot, police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said. State and county police officers saw the man and ordered him to stop walking and show his hands, police said.
The man refused to obey the officers' orders, Bratz said, and one officer shot him with a Taser. The man continued to approach the officer, police said, and the officer tripped on a curb and fell backward. The officer again deployed the Taser, authorities said, but the man continued to approach the officer.
The officer then hit the man with a baton, and was able to take him into custody, Bratz said.
Davis was taken to Christiana Hospital for evaluation. State police plan to charge him with kidnapping, burglary, resisting arrest, assault on an officer, and related offenses. It's not clear if he's retained legal counsel.
The injured officer was taken to a hospital. One of the two babies sustained a minor cut.
A staff member at the day care center offered no comment on the incident.