The stepmother of a 12-year-old who has been dubbed "supergirl" following her daring escape from a moving stolen car has given a tearful account of the moment her children were driven away from her.
A thief stole the family car within "seconds" after the mum left the children, the 12-year-old and an 11-month-old baby, in the vehicle while she popped into a shop on the way to a wedding.
The dramatic ordeal was captured on CCTV and shows the youngster throwing herself from the stolen car in an act of bravery. After barging past the thief to escape she then ran inside the shop and alerted her stepmother, who started screaming: "Where's my baby, my baby?"
The baby was found alive and well on a doorstep around three miles away.
The incident happened when the 27-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, parked her three-door Vauxhall Astra in Kempe Road, Enfield, north London at around 12.45pm on Saturday.
An unknown man took off in the car before leaving the baby on the doorstep of a young couple in Guinevere Gardens, Cheshunt, north London. They alerted police before changing his nappy and giving him some water.
On hearing her son had been found, the mother said: "I didn't believe it until I saw his face and we held him in our arms. I'm so thankful to the family that found him, thank you isn't enough."
The woman's husband said they had become "friends for life" with the couple, who attended the baby's first birthday party a day after the ordeal. He said he had taken to calling his daughter "supergirl" for her dramatic escape.
"I couldn't believe how she just jumped out of the car. The instant she hits the floor she is up running. That saved minutes and that made a huge difference because everyone was so responsive from that point," said the proud father.
The schoolgirl is receiving counselling, and her stepmother said she was "praying" it doesn't affect her in the future.
Asked what she would say to the man - who is still at large - the mother said: "He has ruined our lives, my life. Our lives will never be the same again."
Officers are appealing for the suspect to hand himself in. He is described as a white, in his late teens and with light spiky hair. He was possibly wearing a hooded top.