A written statement from April's father Paul Jones has also been read to the court.
Recounting the events of the day his daughter went missing, he said April had 'had a little paddy' and wanted to play outside.
"I suppose we just gave in and she was told she could only go out for a short while," he added.
"She is quite stubborn when she gets something in her mind.
"What happened after that is all a little blurry, if I'm honest.
"At about 7.20pm Coral sent April's brother out to fetch her.
"He came back and he was very upset - he was crying and he said that someone had taken April and that she had got into someone's car.
"We rang the police and Coral went out to search. I felt so helpless. I went to speak to April's friend who said something about a van.
"When she said that, I went around the corner to look. I then went back home and I just paced.
"I think that I just paced up and down, waiting for any news, for about 24 hours.
"I know that I didn't sleep for about 24 hours."
Mr Jones said he only slept once he had been prescribed sleeping pills by the doctor.
He added: "I felt guilty because people were out looking for her and I was sleeping."
The parents of murdered April Jones fear that killer Mark Bridger may never reveal where the body of their daughter is.
ITV News correspondent Carole Green has covered the month-long trial of Mark Bridger at Mold Crown Court. Here she gives her personal view.
The disappearance of April Jones prompted the biggest search of its kind in British policing history.