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LOOK: Picture released of four-week-old baby Eliza snatched in Acocks Green car-jacking

Felix Nobes 20th Jul, 2018 Updated: 20th Jul, 2018

THIS is the first image released of the four-week-old baby snatched in an Acocks Green car-jacking.

Baby Eliza is pictured safe and well with her mother, Clare O’Neill, who sustained minor injuries during the incident.

A police search was launched yesterday (July 19) after a grey Audi A3 S was stolen on Marie Drive, Acocks Green, just after 4pm.

When Ms O’Neill returned to her drive, two men demanded the keys to her car.

As she frantically tried to get her daughter out of the vehicle, the thieves drove off towards Solihull leaving her injured.

Police across the region were immediately mobilised to search for the baby and 45 minutes later an ambulance crew at Small Heath Health Centre, Chapman Road, found the baby still in her car seat.

The Eliza was taken to hospital to be re-united with her mother, who was receiving treatment for leg injuries.

Police are still searching for the stolen vehicle.

Detective inspector Jim Munro, from force CID, said: “This incident has shocked the whole of our force area and we will leave no stone unturned in our search for the offenders

“We have a team of officers trawling through CCTV and speaking to residents in Marie Drive, as well as fast-tracking forensic analysis of the baby seat.

“We are asking anyone who may have seen the grey Audi A3 S-line with registration number BJ66 YLV since yesterday afternoon to contact us.

“We are delighted that mother and baby have been re-united and we wish Clare a speedy recovery.”

Anyone with information should call the high harm team at Stechford on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, took to Twitter to share his sympathy.

He tweeted: “What must have been going through this poor woman’s head when she was separated from her baby?

“If you can help West Midlands Police catch the people who took her car then do get in touch with them as soon as possible.”

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