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WATCH: Kidnapped Baby Rescued By Police In High-Speed Chase

The five-month-old boy was saved by West Midlands Police in England after a massive 36-hour manhunt.

Body-cam footage showed officers in pursuit of a car driven by James Dempsey, who snatched the baby from his mother on April 3.

Police stopped the vehicle, carefully lifted the baby from the passenger seat and gently placed him on a jacket on the ground while apprehending the driver.

Dempsey, 35, appeared in court on Thursday having admitted child abduction, failing to stop for police, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, theft and motoring offences. He was jailed for 27 months.

James Dempsey was jailed for 27 months. The baby was spotted with its face covered. Image: West Midlands Police

Police released the video for the court hearing.

The infant's mother Chantelle Forrester -- said to be in a relationship with Dempsey -- thanked West Midlands Police for reuniting her with her baby.

“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," she said in a statement.

Forrester gave her consent to West Midlands Police to release the footage.

“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," police chief 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."

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The court heard how Dempsey stayed at the mother's address overnight on April 2-3, but disappeared with the baby in the morning.

An urgent appeal was shared across social media to help trace the five-month old. It prompted two emergency calls that proved crucial in helping officers trace Dempsey's car the following night.

Police collided with Dempsey's driver door in a ‘tactical contact’ manoeuvre, he was arrested from behind the wheel and the baby rescued.

“It’s a great example of the police and public working effectively together -- and achieving a brilliant result." Ingram said.

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