Terrified mom reveals why she left her baby in the car before it was stolen – and the strange coincidence of how she was almost kidnapped as a child
- Adelaide mother Erika Carter remembers the moment her baby was abducted
- She was buying bread when her car was stolen with her four-month-old son still inside
- Police later found her vehicle abandoned with the child still in the back seat
- Mrs Carter said she was almost kidnapped when she was 11 in Holden Hill
An Adelaide mother whose baby was abducted while buying a loaf of bread has revealed she was also the victim of an attempted kidnapping when she was a child.
Adelaide mother Erika Carter ducked into a sandwich shop in Klemzig at 7:45 a.m. Monday to get a loaf of bread and left her four-month-old baby Jordan strapped to his seat with the engine running.
In the short time she was inside, a 37-year-old man arrived in the parking lot in a supposedly stolen Mazda, jumped in her Honda and started driving away with little Jordan still in the back seat.
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CCTV footage shows desperate Adelaide mother Erika Carter (above) watching her car being stolen, with her four-month-old baby still strapped to the back seat
CCTV images obtained by: seven news depicts the moment when the desperate mother runs to her car and tries to stop it from driving away.
About two hours later, police found Mrs. Carter’s abandoned vehicle just 3 miles away in Enfield with Jordan still inside.
He is reportedly in good health despite being left in the car in cold temperatures of around 12°C.
But in a strange twist, Ms. Carter revealed that she was also the victim of a kidnapping attempt when she was only 11.
Baby Jordan (left) was found two hours after the robbery with Ms Carter (right) commenting: ‘It’s sad that we live in a world where we can’t trust what’s around us, and we can’t feel safe ‘
She said she was walking her mother’s dog in Holden Hill – just 3 miles from where Jordan was later abducted – when she was “grabbed and put in a car.”
“My dog bit the kidnapper and I managed to unlock the passenger door and get out, but it took me years to get over,” she said. seven†
Ms Carter said ‘it’s sad’ she couldn’t get out of her car for just a few minutes without someone taking the abuse.
“I went out quickly to get a loaf of bread and made the wrong decision to leave bubbly for that split second and as I was paying for my loaf of bread I heard my car rev up and my heart just sank ‘, she said.
Ms Carter (above) revealed she had been the victim of an attempted kidnapping when she was 11, just 3 miles from where Jordan was later taken
“It’s sad that we live in a world where we can’t trust the people around us and where we can’t feel safe.”
Police arrested the 37-year-old Para Hills man at his home Monday night and charged him with kidnapping a child and using illegally.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing the vehicle and baby Jordan.
A second man was also arrested at the home with an outstanding warrant.