The East Belfast MLA said: “The people who hijacked this vehicle last night have absolutely no concern for the consequences of their actions. This young child could have seriously hurt or even worse.
“They may not have known that this 19 month old child was in the car when they took it but the fact that they just abandoned the car with the young child still on board without phoning the police show what total disregard they have for other people.
“I am just relieved that this young child appears to have suffered no injury but he may have suffered trauma from the ordeal. My thoughts are with his family who must have been worried out of their mind last night.
“I would urge anybody with any information about last night’s incident to contact the police. Those behind this hijacking must be stopped before they do something worse.”