A video has been released showing police rescuing an abducted baby in Birmingham.

James Dempsey, from Solihull, took the five-month-old boy from a home in Sutton Coldfield in April and police appealed for help to trace the pair.

The following night officers intercepted Dempsey’s car near Birmingham Airport and lifted the baby from the front passenger seat, placing him on a jacket to check for any injuries.

They then wrapped him in a police fleece to keep him warm, all captured on the officers’ bodycams.

The baby’s mother Chantelle Forrester 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.”


Dempsey, 35, was known by Ms Forrester and had stayed at the address the night before he took the baby.

In court on Thursday he admitted child abduction, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, theft and motoring offences.

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He was jailed for 27 months.

West Midlands Police Chief Inspector Ian Ingram said: “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.”