The man accused of trying to snatch a toddler from a Brisbane shopping centre leaves Stafford police station in handcuffs.

The man accused of trying to snatch a toddler from a Brisbane shopping centre leaves Stafford police station in handcuffs. Photo: Seven News

A man accused of trying to abduct a toddler at a shopping centre was released from prison just two days before the incident.

Daniel Carl Austin, 29, faced court on Friday charged with child abduction after he allegedly snatched a three-year-old boy from his mother at a north Brisbane shopping centre on Thursday.

Bystanders alerted by the woman's screams chased a man through Lutwyche Shopping Centre and held him until police arrived.

The toddler was returned to his mother.

It's understood Austin was released from prison on Tuesday after serving 55 days for unrelated charges.

He was sentenced to three months' prison on Tuesday over the charges but was released on immediate parole after having served 55 days' in pre-sentence custody.

Austin didn't apply for bail when he appeared in the dock of the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and will return to prison with his parole revoked.

His case was adjourned until June 27, when it's expected he'll appear via video link from jail.

AAP