Police hunt woman who threatened to set newborn baby on fire

Police are hunting a woman who tried to attack a mother before threatening to set fire to her newborn baby.

The 35-year-old mum was pushing a pram along Paddock Lane in the Aldridge area of Walsall when she was approached by the other woman at around 7.30pm on Monday evening.

She carried on walking as the other woman kept trying to speak to her – paying particular attention to the infant strapped in the buggy. West Midlands Police said the mum was so alarmed she sought help from a nearby house after turning into Walsall Lane.

But as an elderly man came out to intervene the woman grabbed a garden light and lunged at the mother and hit her on the arm. She then pulled a lighter out and said she was going to set fire to the baby.

Luckily the pensioner managed to pull the pair inside and slam the door shut before the woman could follow them. As they cowered inside she picked up a garden ornament and hurled it through the porch door then made off.

The woman is described as mixed race, aged between 17-20 years old and around 5ft 5ins tall. She has a slim build with black afro hair tied up in a ponytail.

She was wearing a distinctive tie-dye cloudy pastel hoody, black trousers and black boots and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Inspector Mandy Thompson said: ‘This is a shocking attack which must have been an incredibly frightening for the woman and the elderly man who helped her.

‘Fortunately unprovoked attacks like this are extremely rare and we’re doing all we can to find the woman responsible.

‘We’ve following up a number of lines of enquiry, but we need your help if you saw anything on Monday evening please get in touch.

‘If you were out taking exercise, or in your car in the area and may have seen something, or have dash cam footage, we need to hear from you.

‘Likewise if you think you know who this young woman could be, please let us know.

‘It’s important that we identify her as it was a terrifying ordeal for the mother and the man who helped her out.’