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Boston PD looking for woman who assaulted Old Saybrook toddler

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Police are looking for the person behind a baby assault. (WFSB) Police are looking for the person behind a baby assault. (WFSB)
OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WFSB) -

A family from Old Saybrook spoke out Thursday after a fun trip to Boston turned into an unsettling experience.

A day before the Boston Marathon, the Belanger family took their three year-old daughter to the city's public garden.

Their daughter was playing with the garden's famous duck statues, which were made so that children could play with them.

Stephanie Belander, the girl's mother, said a stranger then came by and pushed her to the ground.

She spoke with Channel 3 about the frightening incident.

 "This woman was adjusting the metal and my daughter went to touch the metal. And she said 'oh that's really funny' with a swear word in there. She took her two hands and right at my feet, pushed my daughter to the ground," said Belanger.

 Fortunately, the girl did not suffer serious injuries.

"My daughter broke her fall with her hands behind her. If she didn't, she would have smacked her head on the ground and she did cut her lower leg," said Belanger.

Belanger's husband and a witness of the incident chased after the woman, but were unable to stop her.

They believe the woman was a runner in the marathon.

Boston Police placed the woman on their Most Wanted list for assault and battery.

"It's not okay to touch a child. It's just not okay to do that," said detective Thomas Kelley.

Although the family hopes the woman will be found, they are more concerned that the incident will not have long-term effects on their daughter.

"All I care about is my daughter and that she can return and not remember it," said Belanger.

If anyone has information on the incident, they are urged to contact Boston Police at 617-343-4500.

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