PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A mother’s sense of security has been shattered after her baby was snatched from her at the King of Prussia Mall on Thursday. On Friday, she talked about the terrifying ordeal and why she doesn’t feel any mercy for the woman accused of the crime.
Malika Hunter said that she is devastated and still in shock just over 24 hours after her son was abducted. She told Eyewitness News that she is scared to leave her own home.
“I’m just blessed,” Hunter said on Friday as she held 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons in her arms, outside of her Port Richmond home. “I’m just lucky to be holding my son right now. To be holding him in my arms after what happened yesterday is a blessing.”
Hunter said that she’s paranoid about losing her son again, a day after police say Cherie Amoore kidnapped him.
Hunter is insisting that she never let Amoore hold her son and says the woman took the infant from a stroller and ran away. Hunter called 9-1-1.
According to authorities, Amoore said her infant son recently died, and holding Simmons helped to ease the pain.
“You suffered a loss or whatever, but what you did to me, it wasn’t called for,” Hunter said of Amoore’s actions.
Police arrested Amoore in Tredyffrin Township on Thursday. Authorities say she voluntarily gave Simmons back to his family.
“I lost my feel of security out of here now,” Hunter explained. “I don’t feel safe out here. I don’t feel that my children are safe out here. I don’t want to be out here.”
Simmons suffered no injuries and Hunter tells Eyewitness News that she will “absolutely not,” forgive Amoore for what happened.