Police feared man was driving to the West Gate Bridge to throw his daughter and himself off.

We have no idea, as a mum, how we would have been feeling in a similar situation to this terrified mother.

The Herald Sun reports the father, who can not be identified, pleaded guilty to breaching a family violence intervention order, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, dangerous driving and kidnap.

In June he confronted his former partner at the school drop-off around 9am. He physically assaulted her before grabbing his youngest daughter, aged just three, from her arms before running off with their her and driving away in his car.The little girl was unrestrained in her father’s lap as he drove at high speeds away from the school.At 9.33am the court heard the man phoned his former partner and threatened to kill himself and their three-year-old daughter.

Police feared he was driving to the West Gate Bridge to throw his daughter and himself off.

Using real-time technology, officers then tracked the man’s phone as it automatically transmitted to phone towers – for two hours he drove, before, after 11am police were able to get close enough.

With his daughter still on his lap it was around 11.20am on the day of the incident that that police cars finally chased the father for 10 minutes before finally boxing him in on Dandenong Road in Malvern East and arresting him with force.

Police said quick thinking officers prevented a potentially fatal scenario.

The Herald Sun reports police statements said the little girl was “frightened, hysterical and unrestrained”.

Tests later revealed the man had ice and cannabis in his system.

It was all too close to the horrific murder of Darcey Freeman who died when she was thrown from the bridge by her father on January 29, 2009, in front of her two young brothers and shocked witnesses.

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  • thank goodness this didn’t end tragically.


  • I’m glad the Police were able to save the little girl before arresting the man.
    Perhaps his attitude was “If I can’t have my daughter you’re not having her either” I’m suprised he didn’t abduct the other child too unless he knew he would be arrested if he entered the school grounds.


  • I was thinking of little Darcy when I read this story. Really terrible that a parent can hate the other parent so much they’ll harm the children


  • Thank goodness this story ended with the child being ok.
    I hope the Father gets all the help he needs.


  • Thank god the police were able to stop this man from doing harm.


  • I’m glad everything stepped into action immediately and they were able to stop him. So frightening!!


  • he wouldn’t get the chance to get near my child again


  • So sad, there have been so many stories about parents harming their kids


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