Police Chief Keith Pesnell says 25-year-old Thomas A. Woods of Austell, Ga., tried to take the girl Wednesday from a toy aisle while her mom was in a different aisle.
Security video from the store shows a man carrying the girl away, releasing her after she struggled to get away.
Pesnell says Woods faces a charge of attempted kidnapping and was out on parole after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in a suburban Atlanta county.
Atlanta TV station WAGA reports Woods said he is innocent and denied the abduction attempt as he was being led into jail.