A 7-month-old baby was reunited with his mum after a carjacker who drove off with him on the backseat ditched the stolen car and dumped the baby on the side of the road, telling a passerby to take care of it.
The passerby took the baby and drove to the police station where she waited for his mum to arrive and pick him up.
Baby Henco was reunited with his mum, Alicia Lamprecht, 25, several hours after a suspected thief drove off with him in the back of his mum’s VW Polo in Cape Town, South Africa at 10.30 am on Monday (13th September).
Alicia told local news site CapeTalk that she was talking to a friend less than two metres from her car when a thief jumped in and drove away with the baby boy still sat inside.
She added: “The car has a tracker in it which I followed to Mowbray, where we found the car but not my baby. Then the police came out and they started helping us search for my baby.”
After being reunited with her son Alicia gave more details about what happened to the local news site Maroela.
She said: “The carjacker dumped the baby on the side of the road and told a passerby to look after it before driving off in the stolen car.
The woman, who was not identified, took the baby to the local police station where he was reunited with his mum.
Alicia said: “When we arrived at the station she had dressed him up in warm clothes and even put a hat on him. He was very calm and unaware of how unbearably anxious me and my husband, Coenie, had been the entire day.”
Colonel Andre Traut, a police spokesperson, said: “The suspect fled with the victim’s VW Polo with her baby inside. The immediate response by the members of the Flying Squad and the K9 Unit resulted in the vehicle being recovered in Voortrekker Road Maitland.”
Traut added: “Further investigation on the scene led the members to an address in Dellville Square in Maitland where the baby was found unharmed. A possible suspect has been identified, however, a formal arrest is yet to be made.”
Alicia is incredibly thankful to the police and the woman who helped return her baby boy and she says that Henco is: “Is happy, healthy and back with his family.”
She added that the car is completely stripped and looted but she isn’t concerned about that as all that matters is her son’s wellbeing.
The investigation is ongoing and the police have already identified one suspect.