'My baby, my baby, what have they done to my baby?': Sobbing mother's anguished cry afte
A mother screamed 'what have they done to my baby?' as thugs hurled acid in her three-year-old son's face, Daily Mail reported.
The toddler suffered serious burns as he sat in his pushchair in a shop.
According to Daily Mail, The corrosive substance was sprayed or thrown over him while he was out with his family, in what police believe was a targeted attack.
A witness said the little boy's mother was holding her head in her hands as she wept outside the shop in Worcester.
West Mercia Police believe the child was deliberately targeted in Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park at Tallow Hill. They have released images of three men (pictured) they would like to speak to
The child was treated in hospital for burns to his face and arms before being released yesterday afternoon.
However, the long-term effects of his injuries are unknown.
Police yesterday issued a public appeal, releasing CCTV images of three men who were seen around the child at the time of the incident.
Shocked residents of the cathedral city, known for its low crime rate, last night condemned the attack as 'absolutely pure evil'.
Witnesses described the anguish of the mother, saying: 'There was a bit of shouting and screaming in the store but then it all went quiet.
'But then this woman ran outside and started screaming that her baby had been hurt and needed help.
'The mother was sitting outside the shop, screaming: 'My baby, my baby, what have they done to my baby?'
'She was in floods of tears and people from the shop were telling her they had called an ambulance and her child would be well looked after.'
The attack happened in a Home Bargains store in a retail park in the Tallow Hill area of the city on Saturday afternoon.
Shopper Rachel Bryant told The Daily Star: 'When I heard about the acid attack I couldn't believe it.
'It's horrendous to think something like this could happen to a little boy in the middle of a shop.'
Although detectives have not ruled out a racial motivation, they have said it is not thought to be linked to a march involving the far-Right English Defence League which took place in Worcester on the same day.
Mayor of Worcester Jabba Riaz also said there was no link between the two incidents.
The investigation has moved rapidly, with a 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. He remains in police custody.
Chief Superintendent Mark Travis added: 'Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.' Pictured: The store in Worcester
Police officers conducting a search of Shrub Hill Retail Park in Worcester on Sunday
Police have also issued an appeal showing three men captured in a CCTV image. In it, they are wearing casual clothing and sunglasses, and can be seen leaving the store and heading towards the city centre.
Last night it was claimed that one of the men pictured was seen in a pub car park smoking cannabis shortly before the attack.
Chief Superintendent Mark Travis of West Mercia Police said the boy, believed to be from Worcester, is now recovering at home with his family.
He said: 'Clearly we are working with the family to understand the motive of the attack.
'The child was with family members and was being well looked after and remained with family all the way through to hospital.'
He added: 'At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three- year-old boy.
'At the moment we are really trying to understand the motive so, consequently, the three men in the images we released, we would really like to speak to them.
'They were seen near the child at around the time of the incident and left the store shortly afterwards.
'We believe they may have information that may help us to understand what took place.'
Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell renewed the appeal, tweeting: 'Really nasty crime this.
'These men are very distinctive. They clearly from behaviour know each other well. If you know them please let us know.'
One shopper added: 'I heard from someone who works at the shop that the man [who attacked the boy] was a skinny white guy. He was about 5ft 11ins and he ran out the shop.'
Culled from Daily Mail
My view: Absolutely pure evil, these men are wicked, they are cowards and should be treated exact same way they did to that little boy. Don't waste tax-payers money on them, just spray acid in their ugly faces and then put them in prison.