Attempted Baby Snatcher Gets Decade In Prison

Posted at: 10/21/2013 10:49 PM
Updated at: 10/21/2013 10:57 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- In April, ABC 6 brought you the story of a man caught on camera trying to steal a baby from a bar in Clear Lake.

The video shows 34-year-old Jonathan Workman take the child out of a woman’s hands and attempt to leave the bar before being stopped by fellow patrons.

On Monday, a judge sentenced Workman to 10 years in prison and ordered him to undergo treatment for drugs and alcohol.

"I just don't ever want it to happen to anyone else,” said Katie Showalter, the boy's mother and owner of the bar where the incident occurred. “It was kind of numbing at first so you don't really realize all the impact it was going to have on you later."

Showalter said the ordeal took an emotional toll on her and her family, making them feel insecure about bringing their young son into public places.

“It’s just more mental than anything,” Showalter said. “I’m really glad with the verdict because now our family can heal and move on and know that he is not going to hurt us and not coming after us."

In court, Workman, who has a lengthy criminal history, declined to speak on his own behalf or even offer an apology to the family.

Showalter said his lack of remorse was one of the most unsettling parts of the whole situation, but is thankful that her family and the entire community can move on knowing Workman is now behind bars.

“It's kind of a relief just to have it all done and over with,” Showalter said. “We were really glad with the outcome because I do believe he needs some sort of rehabilitation so he doesn't do this again."

Workman was charged in a similar situation back in 2008.

He asked to have his sentence suspended for a week so he could attend his son's birthday but the judge declined saying it was lucky the Showalter family could celebrate more of their own son's birthdays.

In fact, just last Sunday that little boy celebrated his first birthday and Showalter said he is both happy and healthy.