(Meredith) - Police have arrested a woman who tried to kidnap a 4-year-old boy from a McDonald's in Los Angeles.

Maralyn Ramos was arrested and booked for PC-Kidnapping. Her bail is set at $100,000.

She entered the fast-food restaurant at about 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Moments later, she picked up a little boy and carried him outside, police said.

Surveillance video showed the woman holding the child in her arms before leaving the establishment. 

A young girl who witnessed the attempted kidnapping alerted adults, KABC-TV reported. They stopped the woman in the parking lot and rescued the child, but the woman ran away from the area.

The arrest came after police solicited the community's help in identifying the suspect in the footage. Ramos was arrested on Thursday.

Police said the same woman may have tried to snatch another 4-year-old boy in the same area on Wednesday. The child was walking with a family member when a woman came up, pulled his hand and tried to walk away with him. 

Someone stopped the woman and she ran away.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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(2) comments

DesertDonna52

Very possible the woman is mentally impaired, perhaps she thinks she is taking her own 4-year-old child that she may have lost or could have died. Sad.

bottom and company

Nope. She knew exactly what she was doing. Parents don't make mistakes regarding their own child's identification. But stick around anyway. If she's charged with any additional heinous acts maybe you can scramble up an excuse or 2 for those as well.

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