A woman is currently being detained under the Mental Health Act after twice attempting to snatch a one-year-old boy from his buggy in Tralee on Thursday.
Two separate attempts were made to take the boy from his buggy within a short space of time. The first attempt was made on Tralee's North Circular Road at about 12.30pm, and a second attempt was made shortly afterwards inside Dunnes Stores.
The boy's mother, concerned for the woman's welfare, attempted to call an ambulance in order to get her medical attention after the first incident.
She continued into the store, but was followed by the woman, who again attempted to unstrap the little boy from his buggy. Staff came to the mother's assistance.
Emergency services and gardaí also provided assistance.
In a statement, gardaí confirmed a "woman was arrested by gardaí under the Mental Health Act, 2018, and continues to receive medical attention."
Monika, the little boy's mother, has received praise locally for her compassion and understanding despite what was a frightening incident.
Speaking to, she appealed for greater resources for people suffering with mental health issue in Ireland.
“She [the woman] was clearly unwell,” Monika said.
The Garda Press Office said due to the sensitive nature of this incident, An Garda Síochána had no further comment at this time.