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Mom and baby carjacked outside Starbucks

A Dallas woman says she "beat the living daylights" out of a carjacker until he let her escape with her baby. KXAS's Omar Villafranca reports.

Dallas police are searching for a man who carjacked a woman and her baby Sunday afternoon after stealing from a nearby Walmart.

Police said the man stole a t-shirt from the store and then jumped into the woman's car in a Starbucks parking lot while police were chasing him.

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The man didn't realize the woman and her 15-month-old daughter were sitting inside the vehicle, police said.

"I thought we were dead," Kari Kimbler said. "I thought he was going to take us somewhere and dump us off or kill us. I had no idea what was going to happen."

Kimbler said her husband had gone inside the Starbucks when the man jumped in the driver's seat and took off. She said he started driving erratically, going the wrong way down Cockrell Hill Road.

"I started hitting him and beating him and screaming, ‘My baby, my baby -- I have my baby. Please let us out. Please dump us out. I don't care where it is. Please let us out,'" Kimbler said.

She said the man initially refused.

"Then momma bear kicked, and all I could think was, 'I've got to protect my baby with all that I have,' and it came out, and I just beat the living daylights out of him as hard as I could -- in his head, just punching in his head, and she was screaming too," Kimbler said.

Kimbler said the man stopped underneath a bridge after five minutes.

"He did pull over," she said. "But as I was getting her out, he pushed us out to get us out and just kept going."

Kimbler said she can breathe easier now that she and her baby are home and safe. But she said the fear of what could have happened is still with her.

"I've told all of my loved ones how much I love them," she said. "And I hug my daughter tighter, and I told her tighter, and I tell her how much mommy and daddy love her."

"I'm just so thankful she and I got out alive," Kimbler said.

Dallas police described the man as Latino, approximately 5-foot-9-inches tall, in his early 30s, who weighs about 185 pounds with a bald head and sleeves of tattoos on both arms. He was last seen wearing a gray Texas Longhorns hat, khaki shorts and a dark-colored shirt.

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