17-month-old girl found after her father’s car was stolen with her in it

The 17-month-old Maria Tudorica has been found hours after she was declared missing when a man drove off in her father’s car while she was in it.

Police launched a desperate search for the Romanian toddler after a thief posing as a prospective car buyer stole her father’s Audi A5 at 4.35pm on Sunday in Nine Acres Close in Newham. The car was later found but the child was not in it and it was feared that she was in grave danger. 

Maria was found about three hours after in about a third-of-a-mile from where the car was taken, the Metropolitan Police said at 8pm on Sunday, December 6.

The police tweeted:

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