NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. - Two parents say they watched in horror Friday morning as someone stole their car from a convenience store parking lot with their two-year-old son in the back seat after both their backs were turned for mere seconds.
When Kyra Blanchard ran into the store, her boyfriend Gordon sat in the car with their son Hunter.
Gordon got out of the car and approached the store door, yelling through it for Blanchard to pick something up for him.
When he turned back to his car, he said it was quickly pulling out of the store parking lot.
"I ran," he said. "I ran as fast as I could. I was in the middle of the road screaming."
"I felt so helpless," Blanchard said as she watched their car turn onto the highway.
The couple's nightmare lasted nine minutes.
"But, that nine minutes felt like it was hours and hours," Blanchard said.
Blanchard called 911 and provided police with a detailed description of the car as well as its licence plate number.
Police blocked the driver on the Toronto-bound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way near the base of the skyway.
Blanchard hopes Hunter will have no recollection of what happened.
Christopher Vlasak, 35, of Toronto is charged with abduction of a person under the age of 14 and theft.