A man has been arrested over the alleged abduction of a baby boy who was in a car that went missing from outside an Adelaide deli.
The four-month-old was missing for almost two and a half hours yesterday as South Australia Police desperately searched for him and the car.
“I saw the moment the mother carried the baby to the other car and I shed tears. I’m sorry I did,” witness Annette Coscia told 9News.
His mother’s 2009 white Honda Jazz was allegedly stolen from outside a deli on Fourth Avenue, Klemzig in Adelaide about 7.45am while she was shopping inside.
A man pulled up near the parked car in a Mazda ute, which had been stolen about 6.20 am, before he got out of the ute and took off in the car, police have claimed.
A worker from the deli has told 9News that the baby’s mother dropped her groceries on the floor and ran outside when she saw her car moving.
Superintendent Matt Nairn said he had seen images of the mother running to try to stop the man from stealing her car.
He said she was “very distraught” when officers arrived on scene.
Nairn said every available police resource in metropolitan Adelaide had been deployed to search for the car and the child.
The car was found abandoned in Enfield about 10.09am with the child in the back seat.
Police have said they believe the incident was a random one.
“We can confirm the child is safe and well,” Nairn said.
“All I could just see was a very happy female police officer nodding her head and then when we pulled into the driveway we saw that thumbs up and heard that blessed cry of the baby,” witness Hailey Simmonds said.
Police arrested a man at a home in the Adelaide CBD at about 6pm yesterday.
The 37-year-old Para Hills man was charged with abduction of a child and illegal use.
He was refused police bail and will face court today.
A second man at the home was arrested on an outstanding warrant.