Four-week-old baby and mom reunited after hijacking ordeal

2018-07-20 18:27
Claire O'Neill. (Photo: Facebook/Claire O'Neill)

Claire O'Neill. (Photo: Facebook/Claire O'Neill)

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A month-old baby who was in the back of her mother’s vehicle when it was carjacked has been found unharmed and has been reunited with her mom, the BBC reports.

Little Eliza O’Neill was strapped into her car seat in the back of her mom’s Audi when the vehicle was stolen in Birmingham, England, on July 14 – without the carjackers realising the infant was in the car.

Her mom, Clare O’Neill, was driving when she was confronted by two men who demanded to have the keys. They drove off with the car as she was trying to get her child out of the vehicle, leaving her injured, Independent reports.

After a 45-minute police hunt Eliza was found unscathed at a local health centre, unaware of the drama that had unfolded, Telegraph reports.

The infant was later taken to Heartlands Hospital where her mom was being treated for her injuries.

Says Clare’s neighbour Claudia Gardner, who took mom and daughter flowers in hospital, “I’ve been told . . . they drove over her arm and dragged her along the road.”

According to West Midlands Police the carjackers are still on the loose and in possession of the vehicle. It’s believed they were travelling towards the town of Solihull.

Police later released a picture of the mother and child and called for members of the public to come forward if they had information on the whereabouts of the criminals.

“Great we’ve reunited mom and baby,” said chief constable David Thompson. “If you know the idiots who did it, let us know.”

Added detective inspector Jim Munro: “This incident’s shocked the whole of our force area and we’ll leave no stone unturned in our search for the offenders.”

Sources: BBC, Independent, Telegraph

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