Dramatic footage shows the moment officers rescued a kidnapped five-month-old baby boy from a car after he was abducted from his mother by a drug addict.
James Dempsey, 35, snatched the youngster from a house in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, before leading police on dangerous 70mph car chase.
Police launched a huge manhunt after the frantic mother Chantelle Forrester found the child missing from their cot on April 3 this year.
A member of the public spotted Dempsey’s silver Vauxhall Astra in the Olton area of Solihull, West Midlands, later that day and tried to block it using wheelie bins.
This led to a 30 minute long high speed police chase, where officers were eventually able to stop the thug, who was also high on drugs, and smash the vehicle’s windows.
The dramatic video showed the moment officers rescued the kidnapped five-month-old baby boy from a car after he was abducted from his mother by a drug addict
Drug paraphernalia including a crack pipe was also found on the car seat and while being arrested Dempsey told police: ‘I only kept him for a day or two, f***ing hell’.
A court heard how the child was showered in glass and left with bruising after officers smashed their way into the car near Birmingham Airport.
Body-worn cameras capture the touching scene as a cop placed the child on a jacket to check he wasn’t hurt before wrapping him in a police fleece to keep him warm.
The officer can be heard saying: ‘The baby’s here, the baby’s here’ before carefully lifting him from the vehicle.
The officer can be heard saying on the video: ‘The baby’s here, the baby’s here’ before carefully lifting him from the vehicle. Pictured: The youngster after he is rescued by police
Body-worn cameras capture the touching scene as a cop placed the child on a jacket to check he wasn’t hurt before wrapping him in a police fleece to keep him warm
He can be heard saying: ‘Hi, its OK’ before saying: ‘Alright monkey’ when the tot starts crying.
Dash-cam footage also shows the moment they tactically crash their squad car into Dempsey before he was arrested.
Last month Dempsey, of Soliull, West Midlands, admitted abducting the child at Birmingham Crown Court and was today jailed for 27 months.
He also plead guilty to charges of dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, theft of a mobile phone and taking a car without consent.
Today he was jailed at the same court and banned from driving for two years upon his release from prison.
James Dempsey (pictured as he was arrested at the scene, left, and right, in his police mugshot) snatched the youngster from a house in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, before leading police on dangerous 70mph car chase.
Sentencing, Judge Philip Parker QC said: ‘On April 3, the mother of the child was unwell and had been up into the night.
‘She needed to sleep late into the morning.
‘Her baby of six months was awake in its cot and you were also awake. You chose to leave the house with the child.
‘You deliberately took her phone to sell for drugs and you took her car.
‘In your journey, you had sold her phone in order to get money to buy drugs and you felt compromised to not return.
Dash-cam footage also shows the moment they tactically crash their squad car into Dempsey before he was arrested
‘You embarked on a 30 plus hour abduction of the child.
‘You had been taking drugs at this point, which is an aggravating factor. All reason went out of the window.
‘You were intercepted by the police and instead of pulling over you embarked on a dangerous driving offence.
‘I’ve had taken a look at the footage of the chase. It was a dark and raining, you got up to speeds of 70mph.
‘You had gone through red lights and at one point were driving on the wrong side of the road. You caused the police to force a collision in order to stop you at a roundabout.
Drug paraphernalia including a crack pipe was also found on the car seat and while being arrested Dempsey told police: ‘I only kept him for a day or two, f**king hell’. Pictured: The silver Vauxhall Astra just before it was hit by a police car
‘They were then forced to smash the window of the vehicle of the front passenger side. Which had caused the broken glass to fall onto the child.
‘All of this was born of you thinking of yourself.
‘You had many, many hours to reflect on what you had done and if it was not for the effect of the drugs you might have gone back to the mother.’
Following the case, West Midlands Police released the footage of the moment officers rescued the baby from the front passenger seat.
Mother Chantelle, who had been in a previous relationship with Dempsey, said: ‘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.’
The court heard Chantelle had woke at 8am in the morning because the child was crying and fed him some milk and she fell asleep until about 11am.
But when she looked at the baby she noticed that the baby was not in the cot and his favourite blanket was also missing.
She also received a message from Mr Dempsey to say ‘only just popped out to the shop’.
The court was told Dempsey ignored messages urging him to return the tot as he was concerned she would be upset after selling her phone to buy drugs.
Prosecutor Michael Conry said: ‘She had received a message earlier from Dempsey saying he was going to the chemist.
‘On being chased by police, he said he didn’t think they were police and panicked.
‘He accepts his driving was erratic.
‘In a second interview with police, he admitted to leaving the child in the car when he went into the chemist.
‘He had sold the phone to a drug dealer for drugs and used drugs in front of the child.
‘His prime concern was himself.’
Theresa Hunt, defending, said his client had ‘lost everything and has nothing’ and knows this was ‘100 per cent’ his fault.
The father of the child who was sat in the public gallery said ‘it’s a little too late for that’ when the court was told of Dempsey’s wish to say sorry.
During a previous court appearance Dempsey was abused and heckled by a member of the public, who yelled at him: ‘You’re f**ing dead.’
The man, who was escorted from the court by a police officer, shouted: ‘You’re f**king dead when I get hold of you, you are f**king dead man.
‘You better hope you go to prison because you’re f**king dead, I’ll be waiting for you, you f**king coward.’
Chief Inspector Ian Ingram, of West Midlands Police, said after the case: ‘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.’
And Chief Insp Ingram reiterated his praise for members of the public who responded to the force’s appeal for information at the time.
He added: ‘It was a fantastic response to what was a very serious, urgent appeal for information.
‘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.’