Panic as car stolen with child inside

A mother endured a terrible ordeal when a thief drove off in her car while her six-year-old daughter was still in the back seat.

A mother endured a terrible ordeal when a thief drove off in her car while her six-year-old daughter was still in the back seat.

The theft happened on Duke Street in Athy last Tuesday evening, December 6. It is understood the child’s mother was shopping in a nearby supermarket when a man in his 30s jumped into the driver’s seat and sped off. He was seen leaving a nearby pub just minutes beforehand.

Garda say the thief apparently realised what happened a short time later, stopped the car on the Stradbally Road, took the girl out of his car seat and left her on the road.

Athy Garda retrieved her a short time later.

Sgt Jim Bergin said the family and young girl were in a very upset and distressed state and is appealing for witnesses to contact Athy Garda Station on 059 8634210.

The stolen car resurfaced in Clonmel later that evening when local gardai gave chase. The car then crashed into another vehicle and both drivers were brought to Clonmel Hospital with minor injuries.

The man was released from hospital and detained overnight in Clonmel Garda Station, where he was then released wthout charge.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.