10 month old baby left on the side of the road in Cabra, Dublin by car thief who drove away in the family vehicle

A 10-month-old child was left on the side of the road by a man who stole a family car with the toddler in the back seat.

The baby was found unharmed after the incident, which took place outside the family’s home on St Attracta Road in Cabra, Dublin, around 7pm on Sunday.

The family’s ordeal began after the child’s mother and partner, both in their 20s, briefly left the car in front of their home, the engine running, with two young children in the back seat.

Sources said the woman went back inside to get something from the house and was then followed by her partner.

It is believed that the thief watched the couple, took his chance and jumped into the Skoda seconds later.

It is understood that one of the children, younger than nine, managed to jump out as soon as he got into the vehicle before it sped away.

The carjacker then drove off with the 10-month-old baby still strapped to his back.

Sources said that after a few moments, the thief realized that there was a small child in the back and left him in his car seat on the footpath before speeding away.

No one was arrested and the car was not recovered. The incident is being investigated by Mountjoy Garda Station detectives. A source said the baby was unharmed in the incident and did not require medical care afterward.

A description of the suspect was not released.

CCTV is being examined to identify the thief and where he drove the car to.

The gender of the two children involved was not disclosed.

Gardai are investigating whether the same person was involved in the unsuccessful attempted hijacking of a car in nearby Phibsborough just minutes earlier.

“In that earlier incident, a driver was stopped at a traffic light as the suspect was getting into his car, but the driver managed to exit the vehicle and run away with the vehicle’s keys,” a source said. “It is believed that the same suspect was involved in both crimes and is most likely a drug addict.”

Kidnapping offenses have increased significantly over the past year.

According to figures released by gardaí earlier this month, there was a 77 percent year-on-year increase in theft and vehicle smuggling in the first half of the year, which is also a 10 percent increase from 2019 figures before the lockdown caused by the Covid pandemic a huge drop in crime of all categories.

“Theft/UT [unlawful taking] of vehicles has experienced a significant increase in 2022. A significant portion of this increase is related to thefts of imported used vehicles and theft of electric scooters,” Gardaí said.

The Irish Independent revealed that there were 63 hijackings between early December last year and the four months that followed. Most of these incidents involved e-scooters.

While 55 of the offenses were committed in Dublin and the other eight outside the capital, only three were deemed “detected” by officers at this time.

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