Police rescue kidnapped baby after ramming child snatcher’s car

THIS is the dramatic moment cops pull a kidnapped five-month-old baby from his snatcher’s car.

The officers were forced to ram the vehicle to a stop after a high-speed 70mph pursuit through Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

The boy had been taken from his cot by drug addict James Dempsey on April 3, sparking a desperate hunt to find him.

A day later officers managed to stop his car on a roundabout near Birmingham Airport – with bodycams capturing the moment the cops lift the baby from the glass-covered front passenger seat.

The officers were recorded cradling the boy, saying “alright monkey” as he started to cry amid the chaos.

They placed him on a jacket and checked the youngster for injuries before wrapping him up in a police fleece.

Mum Chantelle Forrester − who gave consent to release the footage − later thanked West Midlands Police for reuniting her with her baby boy.

She added: “I’ll forever be grateful to the officers who brought my baby home. He was gone for about 36 hours but it felt like a lifetime.”

Drug paraphernalia including a crack pipe was also found on the car seat and while being arrested Dempsey told cops: “I only kept him for a day or two, f*g hell”.

Dempsey appeared in court on 13 June having admitted child abduction, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, theft and motoring offences. He was jailed today for 27 months.

The court heard how the 35-year-old − who is known to Ms Forrester − stayed at the Sutton Coldfield address overnight on 2-3 April but disappeared with the baby in the morning.

Theresa Hunt, defending, said: “He knows he has lost everything and has nothing.

“On release he said he will try and get his life back on track. He knows this 100 per cent this is his own fault.

“He would like to apologise to the court, the mother and the child’s father who is here in court today.”

The father of the child who was sat in the public gallery said “it’s a little too late for that” when the court was told of Dempsey’s wish to say sorry.

During a previous court appearance Dempsey was abused and heckled by a member of the public, who yelled at him: “You’re f****g dead.”

The court heard Chantelle had woke at 8am in the morning because the child was crying and fed him some milk and she fell asleep until about 11am.

But when she looked at the baby she noticed that the baby was not in the cot and his favourite blanket was also missing.

She also received a message from Mr Dempsey to say “only just popped out to the shop”.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Parker QC said: “Her baby of six months was awake in its cot and you were also awake. You chose to leave the house with the child.

“You deliberately took her phone to sell for drugs and you took her car.

“In your journey, you had sold her phone in order to get money to buy drugs and you felt compromised to not return.

“You embarked on a 30 plus hour abduction of the child.”

West Midlands Police’s appeal was shared widely across social media and prompted two 999 calls that proved crucial in helping officers trace his Vauxhall Astra.

It led cops to spot the car near Birmingham Airport and, having collided with the driver’s door in an authorised ‘tactical contact’ manoeuvre, Dempsey was arrested from behind the wheel and the baby rescued.

West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Ian Ingram said: “Despite the commotion − with blue lights flashing and sirens blaring − the baby stayed remarkably calm throughout the ordeal and only cried when officers started cleaning him up.

“The video shows the human side of policing…caring for a little baby with compassion and tenderness just moments after a dynamic pursuit. It was such a relief we were able to reunite mum and son.”

And Chief Insp Ingram reiterated his praise for members of the public who responded to the force’s appeal for information at the time.

He added: “It was a fantastic response to what was a very serious, urgent appeal for information. Our appeal was shared thousands of times and reached a huge number of people in the West Midlands and beyond.

“As a direct result of the appeal we received two crucial 999 calls that enabled us to direct police resources to the right area…and led to the child’s safe return.

“It’s a great example of the police and public working effectively together – and achieving a brilliant result. I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal and particularly to the alert members of the public who made those crucial 999 calls.”