The sister of an Adelaide man who stole a car with a baby inside has blamed the mother of the child for leaving the infant in the car.
Erika Carter, 27, was purchasing a loaf of bread from a Klemzig deli on Monday when Ilias Latsis, 37, drove off with her car – and her four-month-old baby boy, Jordan, strapped in the backseat.
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In security vision, obtained exclusively by 7NEWS, Latsis is seen reversing out of the car park as Carter comes running out, pleading for him to stop before sprinting back into a nearby shop to raise the alarm.
After a desperate police search, the car was found abandoned in Enfield with the infant inside, safe and well, some three hours later.
In an interview with 7NEWS, Latsis’ sister, Athina Latsis, took aim at Carter for leaving her baby in the backseat.
“(My brother) has the kindest heart in the world,” she told 7NEWS, “and if that mother had done the right thing and taken her child out… we would not be in this position today.”
“It would not be an abduction or kidnapping if this mother did not leave the child in the car. My brother was going to steal a car and that was it.”
Earlier this week, Latsis pleaded guilty to charges including abduction and theft – and apologised to Carter for the incident.
However, Carter – who admits she made a mistake – told 7NEWS she doesn’t believe he is sorry.
She said searching for her baby was “the longest few hours of her life”.
“It’s sad we live in a world where we can’t trust what’s around us, and we can’t feel safe,” she said, “you just think, ‘give me my baby boy back, take whatever you want’, if that’s what it takes.”
She said she had stopped off quickly at the deli when the incident occurred.
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“I went for a quick trip to get a loaf of bed and made the wrong decision to leave bubs for that split second,” she told 7NEWS.
“And as I was paying for my bread, I heard my car rev and my heart just sunk.
“I sprinted out after my baby boy and tried my best to get in front, but I couldn’t get to him, I was just yelling, ‘my baby, my baby Jordan’ and I thought the worst.”
Police allege Latsis arrived at the car park on Monday morning in a stolen Mazda ute before abandoning it and taking the mother’s Honda. Shortly after 10am, the car was found in Enfield with Jordan inside.
Following investigations, police attended a home in the CBD at about 6pm and arrested him in relation to the incident.
He was interviewed by police on Monday night before being charged later in the evening.
A second man at the home was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.