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Sister of man who abducted baby in car blames his MUM for leaving him in back seat when she went to shops

THE sister of a man who abducted a baby while stealing a car has incredibly blamed the tot's mum for leaving him in the back seat.

Erika Carter, 27, left her four-month-old son Jordan strapped inside her Honda Jazz while she nipped inside a deli in Klemzig, Australia.



The mum believed "he was safe" inside the vehicle while she quickly grabbed a loaf of bread on Monday morning.

But Ilias Latsis, 37,  allegedly jumped inside of the motor and began to drive off in it – as a horrified Erika watched helplessly.

She described how her "heart just sunk" when she heard the vehicle's engine start as she was purchasing her items.

Shocking CCTV footage shows the mum's moment of agony as the mum realised her car was being taken – with her young son still inside.

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Erika told 7News: "I was just yelling, ‘My baby, my baby Jordan’, and I just couldn’t get to him. I thought the worst.

"I made the wrong decision to leave bubs for that split second."

She can be seen desperately pleading with the driver and chasing the car as it careers out of the car park.

The white Honda was eventually found abandoned two hours later in Enfield – with an oblivious baby Jordan in his car seat.

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 He was taken to the Women's and Children's Hospital as a precaution.

The 27-year-old mum said searching for her four-month-old was the "longest few hours of her life".

Erika continued: "I just ran to him and took him into my arms. I was so grateful to see that he wasn’t harmed. He’s so lucky.

"It’s sad we live in a world where we can’t trust what’s around us, and we can’t feel safe."

Superintendent Matt Nairn said the boy was "safe and well" and that it was a "great relief to SA Police to reunite mum and child".

The alleged car thief was arrested later on that day.

Latsis pleaded guilty to three charges – including abducting a child – during his first court appearance on Tuesday.

As a mother myself, I would never leave my child in the car, even if it’s for five seconds, two seconds or three minutes.

But his furious sister Athina has hit out at Jordan's mum for leaving her son alone – "even if it’s for five seconds".

She said: "It wouldn’t of been an abduction or a kidnapping if this mother did not leave the child in the car.

"My brother was going to steal a car and that was it."

Athina said her sibling has the "kindest heart in the world" and explained he had no intention of taking a child.

She added: "As a mother myself, I would never leave my child in the car, even if it’s for five seconds, two seconds or three minutes."

His lawyer Stephen Ey said Latsis had "profound remorse" for the incident, hence his guilty plea.

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He said the 37-year-old had no idea the tot was strapped in the backseat, "and that's why he panicked".

Latsis is due to reappear in court later this month.

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