In the pictures, a man looks to throw in the back of the Emerald Hotel Clermont St, about 4.50 pm, a white Toyota Hilux tray back, next to a Holden sedan.
In the interior of the limo, a young girl waits while her mother goes into the hotel.
The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin reports the man was seen to walk up to the vehicle and try to reach and take the child, but is interrupted by the hotel manager walking past.
The police are looking for the man, who fled the scene in his ute.
The girl was not physically injured as a result of the incident.
Detective Acting Inspector Luke Peachey, said the girl’s mother was the return of a number of children home from a birthday party and walking to a child on the premises, when the attempted abduction took place.
The man was described as being aged about 30 years old with a slim build and with a few shorts, a straw hat, thongs, and what appears to be a gray or green T-shirt.
The man also had some type of beard.
He was driving a Toyota Hilux, it is believed that between 2012 and 2015 model, I had a big green esky and a small network of esky in the ute tray.
Det. Act Insp Peachey said it was a very disturbing incident.
He urged the community to take care of the young people and keep an eye on them as there are, unfortunately, people who want to commit such crimes.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444.
Originally published as the spine-Chilling moment in which a man tries to kidnap a child