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Mum says attackers knew her baby was in car before stealing it

Claire O'Neill and her daughter Eliza are safe and well Credit: West Midlands Police

The mum who was attacked and then had her car stolen with her four-week-old baby inside has released a statement about her ordeal.

I am still extremely shaken about what has happened and we, as a family are still trying to come to terms with what happened. Eliza is thankfully safe and well, but the people responsible clearly knew she was in my car when it was taken, putting the life of our four-week-old baby at risk as a result of their personal greed.

I have now been discharged from hospital and have sustained facial injuries, which include bruising, a broken tooth and severe pain to my right arm. This was caused by the wheel of my car running me over whilst I battled to stop my daughter being taken. Due to the injury to my arm I am now unable to hold Eliza for the next four or so weeks.

I am appealing for people to come forward with any information about who is responsible or behind this, the life of my daughter was endangered by the reckless behaviour of those involved, please come forward and assist the police with their enquiries.

We would also like to ask for some privacy at this difficult time, whilst we come to terms with what has taken place.

– Claire O'Neill
The carjacking happened in Acocks Green, Birmingham Credit: ITV Central News

Claire O'Neill pulled up onto the drive of her house on Thursday when she was approached by two men. As she struggled to get her child out of the grey Audi A3, the pair drove off injuring her in the process.

Officers launched a search for baby Eliza and 45 minutes later an ambulance crew at Small Heath Health Centre in Chapman Road found the child safe and well still in her car seat.

The little girl was taken to hospital to be reunited with Claire, who was is recovering from her injuries.

Police are still appealing to find the car, a grey Audi A3 S Line with the registration number: BJ66 YL