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Cedric Brown Charged On Two Counts Of Kidnapping After Stealing Mother's Car With Toddlers In Back

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Cedric Brown was charged on Thursday with two counts of kidnap and other offences
Cedric Brown was charged on Thursday with two counts of kidnap and other offences

A man was charged on Thursday with two counts of kidnap and other offences after a young mother's car was stolen with two toddlers in the back.

Cedric Brown will appear in court tomorrow to face accusations he dragged a woman from her car then sped away with her two young children still strapped in the back seats, West Midlands Police said.

It is alleged that the 44-year-old, of no fixed address, car-jacked the young mother's Ford Focus in Somerset Road, Erdington, at around 11am yesterday in an attempt to escape pursuing police officers.

He was arrested a short time later and, after being questioned by detectives, was tonight charged with robbery, two counts of kidnap, and possession of a knife, a police spokesman said.

He has been remanded in police custody ahead of an appearance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

The two children - a one-year-old boy and his sister, aged two - were unhurt and later reunited with their mother by police officers.

Two other men arrested nearby - a 19-year-old from Perry Common and an 18-year-old from Bromford - have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Sergeant Nicholas Barnes expressed relief at the time that the children were unscathed.

"Thankfully, neither of them was hurt and we quickly reunited them with their mum who naturally was extremely relieved," he said.

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