Man allegedly tried to kidnap white baby from Hispanic nanny at park

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A white homeless man tried to kidnap a white baby from a Hispanic nanny at a California park — and then dove into the Pacific Ocean in a desperate escape attempt, police said.

The suspect, Michael Hudson, 51, approached the nanny who was looking after a 14-month-old child at a park in La Jolla on Wednesday and grabbed her arm several times, telling her the baby didn’t belong to her because they weren’t the same race, a San Diego police spokesperson told KSWB.

Police said in a news release that Hudson told the nanny to “leave the baby” and that she “can’t have” the child, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The nanny had scrapes on her arm from the confrontation, which prompted another woman nearby to yell that she was calling cops, police said. Hudson then ran off and jumped into the ocean along a rock area near La Jolla Cove when officers later spotted him, investigators told KSWB.

Police said the child was not hurt, KGTV reported.

A man told KSWB his 14-year-old stepdaughter saw the entire incident unfold.

“I wanted to basically come up here and try to search for the guy, too,” the unidentified father said Thursday. “Because I know the cops were chasing him. We saw the whole episode down at the beach, where he was on the rocks. He swam out in the ocean and they had the lifeguards come get him.”

Hudson, who investigators believe is homeless, was ultimately taken into custody about three hours after he first entered the water, police said.

He was arrested on charges of suspicion of felony kidnapping, misdemeanor battery, felony vandalism and a felony hate crime charge, the station reports.

Hudson remained in custody Friday at the San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $120,000 bail ahead of his next court date on Oct. 30 when he’s set to be arraigned, online records show. It’s unclear if he’s hired an attorney.