FALLSBURG, N.Y. — A bear killed a 5-month-old girl Monday after knocking her out of a stroller and dragging her into the woods, police said.
The baby had been in her stroller near the porch of a vacation bungalow with family members when the black bear approached, said Fallsburg Police Chief Brent Lawrence.
The mother hurried her two other children inside, Lawrence said. When she came back for the baby, it was gone.
Witnesses told police the young bear had the infant, Ester Schwimmer, in its mouth as it ambled into dense woods 20 feet from the family's Catskills' bungalow.
"It may be the first season that it may have been on its own, and it may very well have perceived this infant as a food source," Lawrence said.