A man kidnapped a five-month-old baby and held the child at knifepoint for a 2,000 yuan (HK$1,900) ransom, Shenzhen media reported yesterday. The drunken man, in his 20s, held the sleeping baby hostage on Friday afternoon in a convenience store in the Baoan district of the city, Southern Metropolis News reported. He demanded the ransom from the baby's mother, who owns the shop with her husband. The man also asked for food, a bottle of liquor and four bottles of beer. After a four-hour stand-off with police, he tried to force his way out. Holding the baby in one arm and a knife in the other, the man shouted: 'Back off, or I will kill the baby.' Police tackled the man to the ground without harming the child. The jobless man had been staking out the store for two days waiting for his opportunity, police said. Guangdong has seen an alarming increase in child-hostage incidents. A boy, three, was murdered in Sanshui city last week. He was killed after a demand for a 50,000 yuan ransom was not met in time, the China News Service reported.