May 09

Mum left behind as minicab drives off with baby

A DISTRAUGHT mum is demanding an apology after a minicab driver left her on the kerb and drove off with her four-month-old baby in the back seat.

Stacy Edwards, 24, was leaving her mum’s house in Horsfeld Road, Eltham, at around 9pm on April 27 when the incident happened.

She said: “I opened the door and put Sienna in her carseat behind the driver, pulling the seatbelt halfway over her but not clipping it in.

“I shut the door, walked round to the boot and then he just drove off.

“I thought he must have made a mistake.

“But he kept driving. He had to go over a hump and I thought ‘he’s going to stop’, but he didn’t.

“By this time I was shouting but I was still thinking ‘he’s playing a really sick joke on me’.”

Realising the driver wasn’t stopping, Ms Edwards gave chase, screaming at the top of her voice – but the cabbie just kept going.

Fearing the worst, she rushed back to her mum, who was desperately calling the cab company.

Ms Edwards said: “I was hysterical. I felt so sick I was shaking.”

The driver returned around five minutes later and apologised but Ms Edwards is angry nobody from Mayday Cars in Well Hall Road has been in touch since to say sorry or ask about her daughter’s wellbeing.

She said: “What I was feeling was the worst feeling in the world.

“But nobody from the company wanted to see if she was ok.”

Manager Ian Andrews claimed the women had become abusive to his driver following the incident.

But he said: “Perhaps we should have phoned her in hindsight. We were expecting her to come down.

“It’s just a one-off mistake.We’ll get in contact and apologise.”

The family denied being abusive

source: http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/

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