Teenage girls admit kidnapping toddler

The girls appeared in court today.
The girls appeared in court today.

Two teenage girls have admitted kidnapping a young child from a Newcastle store.

The pair, aged 13 and 14, appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates Court today (Tuesday) for a trial.

But after the charges – kidnap, theft of dummies and theft of baby milk and a bottle – were put to them, they pleaded guilty.

The case has now been adjourned until July 4 for sentencing.

District Judge Roger Elsey said he would decide then whether the girls should be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court or in North Shields.

The girls were remanded into the care of the local authority until the next hearing. They were charged with taking a two-year-old girl from the Primark store in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, in April.

The youngster was found an hour and 45 minutes later about three miles away in a park in the suburb of Gosforth.