Hijacked baby’s rescuer speaks

2013-02-09 00:00

A MIDLANDS man told how he kept a wary lookout for hijackers when he saw a baby’s car seat in the middle of the road.

Erik Bredberg (40), of Lions River, said he was driving home from Durban on Tuesday with one of his workers when he saw a baby’s car seat left at a T-junction in Westridge.

At first he didn’t think much of it. Then it occurred to Bredberg the seat looked too new for someone to have thrown it away.

He stopped and got out the car, aware that he might be walking into a trap. “I thought maybe someone had planted it there for me to get out of my car.”

Instead, he found found a seven-month-old baby dumped in the road — still fast asleep.

A Durban newspaper reported that the mother, Shriah Nair, had stopped her BMW 320i outside Glenwood Village Centre and was about to take her baby from the back seat when hijackers overpowered her and drove off with the baby inside.

They dumped the baby barely a kilometre later.

Bredberg took her to a nearby police station. “She only started crying when we got to the police station. She was crying because she couldn’t see her mother.”

The Nair couple were called while women police officers comforted the baby. Their details had already been circulated to all stations in the area.

A frantic Jonathan and Shriah Nair promptly arrived to fetch their baby girl.

Bredberg said the Nairs had since called to thank him.

“I’m just happy to have found the baby. It made my day,” Bredberg added.

The Nairs’ car was found abandoned in Cato Manor the same day.

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