'Kidnapped' tot found by the roadside

PETALING JAYA - The toddler who was accidentally "kidnapped" during a car theft near a shopping complex in Subang Jaya was found by a petrol station worker in her baby seat by the roadside.

Last Saturday, the 14-month-old girl's uncle Niezam Petrelli posted on his Facebook account that his niece had been kidnapped near Subang Parade at around 10pm.

He said his 25-year-old brother-in-law had just parked his wife's car in front of a restaurant when an unidentified man drove the vehicle away. Niezam's brother-in-law works as a restaurant manager.

A source said at the time of the incident, the girl's father had left the girl in the car with the engine running to call his wife.

A man reportedly drove away in the vehicle with the child still in it.

On Monday, Subang Jaya acting deputy OCPD DSP Azman Shariat said the suspect had dropped off the girl near a petrol station in Glenmarie the same night.

"She was left by the roadside in her baby seat.

"One of the petrol station employees heard her crying and saved her. He lodged a police report afterwards," he said.

According to DSP Azman, the toddler has been sent for a medical check-up.

"The child was found with no injuries on her. We are still tracking down the suspect," he said.

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