Stranger 'took off face mask to kiss shopper's one-year-old baby on the lips'

A MOM was left horrified after a stranger "took off his face mask to kiss her one-year-old baby on the lips."

A man has been arrested after he allegedly pulled down his mask and kissed a baby girl on the lips in a supermarket while her mo

m was distracted.

The incident took place on Thursday in a WINCO store in Springfield, Oregon, and even though the infant's parents immediately alerted the store's staff, the suspect had already fled the scene.

The baby's dad was able to flag down a cop and report a stranger "had just pulled his face mask off, and kissed his daughter on the lips."

During the investigation, the officer learned that while inside the store, the mother had her one-year-old daughter in her shopping cart.

"While the mother glanced away for a brief moment, the suspect leaned down, removed his mask and kissed their daughter on the lips and then departed," officials wrote.

The suspect, identified as Austin Blake Stewart, 24, was later found under a blanket on 18th St.

The 24-year-old was arrested and taken into Springfield Municipal Jail.

He has been charged with physical harassment and disorderly conduct.

Police praised the supermarket's staff for their help in alerting officers and providing CCTV footage to help identify the suspect.

They noted that this was the second incident involving crimes against children that the Springfield Police Department has responded to this week. The first incident was a kidnapping.

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