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Police: Berks man tries to run away with baby

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 15 2014 09:25:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 15 2014 05:17:49 PM CDT

A Berks County man is in jail, accused of trying to take a baby from her mother.

READING, Pa. -

A man was taken into custody after trying to grab a baby out of its stroller inside a state office building in downtown Reading.

Nevin Walls was led out of the state welfare office in handcuffs and loaded into a police van after the attempted abduction Monday.

"I think it's disgusting. I think it's hideous for someone to do that," said Brad Clemmens, who lives in Reading.

According to court documents, Walls was staring at the baby inside the office on Cherry Street and then tried to take her. The baby was strapped in, so Walls then allegedly picked up the stroller as the baby's mother pulled back with all her might.

"Especially in the welfare office where security and stuff is at you should be wanting to feel safe in there," said mother of three Selena Sprock.

A security guard and two good Samaritans heard the commotion and struggled with Walls to save the baby until police arrived.

That baby was taken to the hospital after hitting her head on the ground, but she is OK.

Walls, 33, is no stranger to the law. He was captured on cell phone video fleeing from police after they said he hopped in a woman's car with a small child inside nearly two years ago in Spring Township. Then, he ran off and jumped into the path of an oncoming train and was seriously injured.  

"He did what he did not knowing what he did," said Steven Walls, the man's father.

Walls' father said his son suffered a traumatic brain injury 11 years ago and has seizures. He said the seizures can happen at any time. Walls wants to live a normal life, but he is under a doctor's care. His father said he would never harm a child intentionally.

"So I know my kid wouldn't do something stupid, especially like try to take a kid when he only had two months left on his probation," said Walls, who pleaded for the baby's mother to drop the charges.

Walls was charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. He is currently in the Berks County Jail on $100,000 bail.