Store clerk suddenly grabs baby from mother's arms, but the surveillance video shows why

Mary Scott
Oct 25, 2018
08:35 P.M.

A proactive store cashier grabbed a baby from her customer’s arms, but surveillance footage proved she was right to do so. Scroll down for the video.


9News told the story of Rebecca Montano, a quick-thinking woman who saved the baby of a customer that collapsed in front of her. Montano worked as a cashier at a gas station in Arvada, Colorado, and was having a usual day.

YouTube/Associated Press

YouTube/Associated Press


While sorting items on the shelves, she saw a young mother approaching the checkout counter with a baby in one arm and a bottle of soda in the other. Montano rushed to attend to the customer, but something was unnerving about the scene.

By the time the young mother placed her purchase on the counter, a chill had run down the cashier’s spine, and when she noticed a disturbing sign, Montano wasted no time in grabbing the baby. She said:

“I was talking to the baby and she -- the girl -- had a glazed look on her face. I wasn’t sure, I felt uneasy about it. I was asking her 'is everything ok,' I grabbed the baby’s arm and she started to sway, she wouldn’t answer me.”

YouTube/Associated Press

YouTube/Associated Press

As it turned out, Montano had acted just in time. The store’s hidden camera showed the mother falling immediately in an epileptic seizure.


“She was just lost in space, so I thought I better take the baby, something doesn’t feel right. And then right there she started to fall and I wasn’t sure still exactly what was going on, so I yelled at [a nearby] customer that was in the store [for help]. She fell, I came back, grabbed the phone called 911.”

YouTube/Associated Press

YouTube/Associated Press


After the paramedics arrived and treated the woman, police officers at the scene said the baby and mother were safe thanks to Montano’s quick action.

She, however, refused to take credit, saying it was just “a motherly thing” to do.

Montano added:

“I think being a mother, being a grandmother, my first instinct was the baby. I just wanted to save the baby from getting hurt, if she would’ve fallen with the baby in her arms, who knows where that baby would’ve landed?”

YouTube/Associated Press

YouTube/Associated Press


According to an Epilepsy Fact Sheet, “Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions.”

Huffington Post also shared:

“According to the CDC, if you see someone have a seizure you should ease them to the floor, put something soft, like a folded jacket, under their head and clear any sharp or hard objects that they could possibly hit. Remove their glasses if they are wearing a pair. The agency also suggests you stay with the person until the seizure is over, and when it is, talk calmly and comfort them. If a seizure lasts for more than five minutes or if the person has never had one before, it’s recommended that you call 911.”

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