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Watch: police rescue baby abducted from own home

Warning: flash photography throughout the video below

A man who was convicted after abducting a five-month old baby from his home in Sutton Coldfield has been jailed for 27 months.

James Dempsey, who's 35 and from Eden Road in Solihull, took the child on the 3rd of April. He had been staying at the Sutton Coldfield address overnight, but took the baby away in the morning.

It led to an urgent appeal being issued from West Midlands Police to trace the baby. Police were told of Dempsey's car being seen in Olton and Sheldon.

They intercepted it the next evening on a roundabout in Bickenhill Lane near Birmingham Airport. Officers collided with the driver’s door in an authorised ‘tactical contact’ manoeuvre.

Dempsey was arrested while he was in the car, and the baby was safely rescued.

“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."

– Chantelle Forrester, Mum

Watch the moment Dempsey is cornered in his car by police in the video below. A warning the video contains flash photography throughout.

Dempsey appeared in court today (13th June), where he admitted child abduction, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, theft and motoring offences.

“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.

....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."

– Ian Ingram, West Midlands Police Chief Inspector