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Kidnapping Klemzig: Adelaide mother whose Honda Jazz was stolen with baby inside breaks silence

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The young mother whose car was reportedly stolen with her baby still inside has candidly embarked on the harrowing ordeal, admitting she shouldn’t have left it there.

Adelaide mother Erika Carter was running with four-month-old Jordan asleep in the back seat when she ducked into a sandwich shop Monday morning to buy a loaf of bread in Klemzig.

Seconds later, the distraught mother was caught on cameras racing into the parking lot as the alleged thief backed up and drove off in the vehicle.

Her car was found abandoned two hours later with Jordan still inside, crying but unharmed.

Three days after living through every parent’s worst nightmare, Mrs. Carter regrets leaving Jordan alone in the car.

Erika Carter (pictured) regrets split-second decision to leave baby Jordan in the car as she ducked into the deli Monday to get a loaf of bread

“I went on a quick trip to get a loaf of bread and made the wrong decision to leave bubbles that split second,” she told 7News

“While I was paying for my bread, I heard my car rev and my heart sank.

“I sprinted after my son and tried my best to get to the front, but I couldn’t get to him, I just yelled ‘my baby, my baby Jordan’ and off he went.”

“I thought the worst.”

Mrs. Cater ran back into the deli to call tripe-0, sparking a massive police search in Adelaide.

She described the next two hours as the worst of her life before facing the unthinkable when she was told her Honda Jazz had been found.

“We were wondering if we found the car and we know the baby is in it, but is it alive or dead,” she said.

“As a young prembaby, his lungs are still growing, he is still developing his voice. He doesn’t know what’s going on.’

A delirious Erika Carter was caught on CCTV footage trying to jump in front of her car as the driver drove off with her son still in the back seat

A delirious Erika Carter was caught on CCTV footage trying to jump in front of her car as the driver drove off with her son still in the back seat

Erika Carter was finally reunited with her son after a two-hour police search

Erika Carter was finally reunited with her son after a two-hour police search

Ilias Sammy Latsis (pictured on CCTV during the incident) pleaded guilty to stealing the car and kidnapping when he was due to appear in court on Tuesday

Ilias Sammy Latsis (pictured on CCTV during the incident) pleaded guilty to stealing the car and kidnapping when he was due to appear in court on Tuesday

Mrs. Carter will never forget the overwhelming relief of being reunited with her son.

“I just ran up to him, took him in my arms, I was just so thankful he wasn’t hurt,” she said.

“What luck, so much luck.”

“Now I want him to cry, because that is my son’s cry.”

It is not known how long Jordan was in the car that was abandoned in Enfield, four kilometers from where he was allegedly abducted.

“It could have been two hours that Jordan was alone in the cold, which is terrible to think about,” said relieved father Mitch McKay.

A Para Hills man, 37, was arrested Monday night at a home in the Adelaide CBD and was later charged with a range of offences.

Ilias Sammy Latsis pleaded guilty to stealing the car and kidnapping when he was due to appear in court on Tuesday, but made no plea for harming it.

Ilias Sammy Latsis was arrested Monday night and remains behind bars

Ilias Sammy Latsis was arrested Monday night and remains behind bars

His lawyer said Latsis wanted to tell the court “his deep regrets for the fear he inflicted on the mother of the young baby, hence the early admission of guilt to it,” the statement said. Adelaide Advertiser reported.

Latsis has not filed for bail and will remain behind bars until his next hearing in June.

Outside the court, Mr Ey said his client was “very remorseful and upset” about what happened.

When asked if he knew there was a baby in the car, Mr. Ey said, “No. And that’s why he panicked.”

Mrs. Carter did not accept his apology.

“He has no regrets,” she said.

‘Why didn’t you call the police when you saw (the baby)? I’m so thankful (Jordan) that I didn’t know what happened.”

CCTV footage of the harrowing incident shows Mrs. Carter getting out of the car to dive into the store.

Seconds later, a man stops next to the Honda Jazz in a black Mazda BT-50 that police said was stolen from the Black Forest earlier on Monday morning.

CCTV shows the man looking through the rear window of the Honda Jazz and realizing that the engine is still running and no one is behind the wheel.

He returns to the Mazda to retrieve a backpack before hopping into the Honda Jazz and backing up.

A frantic McCarter races into the parking lot and jumps in front of the car, yelling at the alleged thief to stop while he drives away.

The distraught mother ran back to the store to sound the alarm and was later comforted by the police when an urgent manhunt was launched.

Police believe the alleged incident was an opportunistic theft.

“It’s probably the biggest pain for any parent to see this happen. It’s a reminder to every parent: be careful,” Chief Inspector Matthew Nairn said.

“I don’t think the mother did anything wrong … we don’t blame the mother at all.”

CCTV Shows Alleged Thief Getting Into Erika Carter's Vehicle Before Reversing

CCTV Shows Alleged Thief Getting Into Erika Carter’s Vehicle Before Reversing

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