LYNN, Mass. — Prosecutors say a man charged with trying to kidnap a 1-year-old girl from a Massachusetts laundromat had told police he wanted to kill the child.

Twenty-four-year-old Precious Chigbue was arraigned on a kidnapping charge Wednesday in Lynn. He was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

Lynn police say the suspect grabbed the child at a laundromat Tuesday and tried to leave. They say he was stopped by a witness and the mother.

Chigbue fled after being confronted and was arrested at a nearby supermarket. The child wasn’t hurt.

Prosecutors say Chigbue told police he wanted to slit the child’s throat.

Emeka Iloba, who identified himself as the suspect’s cousin, says Chigbue recently switched to a new medication and would never harm anyone.

It’s unclear if Chigbue has an attorney.

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