Baby snatched by stranger who stole father's car, police say

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Maria Tudricai, a 17-month-old girl who was inside her father's black Audi car when it was stolen
Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Maria Tudricai, a 17-month-old girl who was inside her father's black Audi car when it was stolen
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Police are searching for a 17-month-old girl who was abducted by a man as he stole her father's car.

The parent met with the stranger in Manor Park, east London, shortly before 4.40pm on Sunday with a view to selling the Audi A5.

The scene in Nine Acres Close, Newham, east London, as police are searching for a 17-month-old girl, Maria Tudorica, who was abducted by a man as he stole her father's car.

The scene in Nine Acres Close, Newham, east London, as police are searching for a 17-month-old girl, Maria Tudorica, who was abducted by a man as he stole her father's car.

But the suspect leapt into the vehicle and drove away from Nine Acres Close, with the girl named Maria Tudorica sitting in the front passenger seat, officers said.

The black car - registration number FY58UAZ - was found abandoned nearby in Hatherway Crescent without the child.

Maria, originally from Romania, was said to live locally and was wearing a white top and red bottoms at the time she was taken.

Detectives said the man who took the car is described as a slim Asian man, who was dressed in black clothing.

Anyone with information should call the police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.