‘Give me my baby or I will kill you’: Mother recounts attempted kidnapping at local grocery store

Published: Oct. 24, 2022 at 4:58 PM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - Police say Ashley Chandelle Allen has been charged with attempted kidnapping and injury to a child after she tried to kidnap a toddler at a grocery store while high on methamphetamines.

Temple Police Department officers were dispatched to the H-E-B in the 1300 block of W Adams Avenue at about 12:15 p.m. on October 23 after a caller reported a woman who was cussing and yelling at customers.

As soon as officers entered the grocery store to confront the erratic woman, later identified as Allen, she allegedly tried to run away. “After a chase around the grocery store, officers cornered her and detained her,” police said.

As she was being escorted out of the store, the officers learned Allen followed a woman and her two-year-old toddler into the restrooms.

Megan Weathersbee told KWTX she and her son were targeted by Allen during the incident.

“You think you’re kids are safe, even when they’re right with you, but there are still crazy people out there,” Weathersbee said.

She says she went to the H-E-B on Adams Avenue in Temple to pickup a prescription.

“My son was holding my hand and we went into the store walking together and stopped at the restroom,” she explained.

Weathersbee says she and her son went into the large handicapped stall.

“Out of no where this lady crawls under my stall,” she said. “I asked her ‘are you lost ma’am? Are you confused?’”.

“She grabs [my son’s] wrist and starts cussing at me yelling all these obscene things and says ‘give me my baby. Give me my baby or I will kill you’”.

The mom says she grabbed her son and was able to get out of the stall and into the store.

“I started yelling to store employees ‘she’s trying to kidnap my kid’,” Weathersbee explained.

She says she ran into the H-E-B managers office where she says a store employee blocked the doorway between Weathersbee and Allen.

“She is my hero because she saved us,” Weathersbee said about the store employee.

Weathersbee says other store employees called police who responded quickly.

Police said Allen caused a red mark on the toddler’s face when she tried to grab him.

The woman was banned from the grocery store, but welcomed at the Bell County Jail, police said.

“I am nervous to go to any store now. I will be doing curbside pickup and having my prescriptions delivered,” Weathersbee said.