THE sister of a man who kidnapped a baby while stealing a car has incredibly accused the tot’s mother of leaving him in the back seat.
Erika Carter, 27, left her four-month-old son Jordan strapped into her Honda Jazz while snooping around a delicatessen in Klemzig, Australia.
The mum believed “he was safe” in the vehicle while quickly grabbing a loaf of bread on Monday morning.
But Ilias Latsis, 37, reportedly jumped in the engine and started driving it – as a horrified Erika looked on helplessly.
She described how her “heart sank” when she heard the vehicle’s engine start while she was shopping for her items.
Shocking CCTV footage shows mother’s agony moment as mum realized her car had been hijacked – with her young son still inside.
Erika told 7News: “I just screamed, ‘My baby, my baby Jordan’ and I just couldn’t reach him. I thought the worst.
“I made the wrong decision to leave Bubs for a split second.”
She can be seen desperately begging the driver and chasing the car as it speeds out of the parking lot.
The white Honda was eventually found abandoned in Enfield two hours later – with a forgetful baby Jordan in his car seat.
As a precaution, he was taken to the women’s and children’s clinic.
The 27-year-old mother said searching for her four-month-old had been the “longest hours of her life”.
Erika continued: “I just ran to him and put my arms around him. I was so thankful to see he wasn’t hurt. He’s so lucky.
“It’s sad that we live in a world where we can’t trust what’s around us and feel safe.”
Superintendent Matt Nairn said the boy was “safe and well” and that it was a “great relief for SA police to be able to reunite mother and child”.
The alleged car thief was arrested the same day.
Latsis pled guilty to three counts, including kidnapping a child, on his first court appearance.
As a mother, I would never leave my child in the car, even for five seconds, two seconds or three minutes.
But his furious sister Athina hit Jordan’s mother for leaving her son alone – “even if it’s just five seconds”.
She said: “It wouldn’t have been kidnapping or kidnapping if that mother hadn’t left the child in the car.
“My brother wanted to steal a car and that was it.”
Athina said her sibling had the “kindest heart in the world” and explained he has no intention of taking a child.
She added, “As a mother myself, I would never leave my child in the car, even for five seconds, two seconds or three minutes.”
His lawyer, Stephen Ey, said Latsis felt “deep remorse” for the incident, hence his guilty plea.
He said the 37-year-old had no idea the tot was buckled in the back seat “and that’s why he panicked”.
Latsis is scheduled to appear in court again later this month.
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