How a mum was kidnapped on the Gold Coast while pregnant, which led to the tragic death of her baby

The full inside story of a pregnant mum’s horrific kidnapping ordeal where she was brutally bashed by a FRIEND – and why she believes it led to the sudden death of her baby daughter

  • A Queensland mum tells of her ordeal at the hands of three kidnappers in 2020
  • Jorgia Forbes, 27, believes the experience caused her premature baby to die 
  • She went to help a friend but was abducted, abused and held captive
  • She was punched, kicked, dragged across gravel and into car, held at knifepoint
  • Her kidnappers forced her to hide in bushes, scale high walls in wild police chase
  • A court heard her attackers told her ‘several times they were going to kill me’
  • Her baby ended up dying two months after premature birth from a brain bleed

A mum who was kidnapped, bashed and held captive while three months pregnant has revealed how the terrifying attack caused her baby to be born prematurely – before later dying from a bleed on the brain.

Jorgia Forbes’s baby girl, Hope, was born prematurely in August 2020, just four months after the nine-hour ordeal in which she was abducted by thugs and held at a Gold Unit apartment complex. 

She was held at knife point, stripped and dragged over fences as the trio accused her of stealing drugs.

At one point she jumped out of a moving car before being chased and dragged back in, with onlookers on the street calling police.

Having survived the horrific ordeal and given birth prematurely, doctors delivered another crushing blow as they revealed a bleed on Hope’s brain meant she had no chance of survival without being permanently on a life-support machine.

‘I literally held her in my arms until she turned blue and died,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

Ms Forbes (pictured with her older daughter, Ruby) said she thought of her daughter and prayed when she fell asleep after her all-night ordeal

Ms Forbes (pictured with her older daughter, Ruby) said she thought of her daughter and prayed when she fell asleep after her all-night ordeal

'I could hear the police, I could almost see them, I heard the sirens', Ms Forbes (pictured) said after she was dragged through the Gold Coast streets at night while police looked for her

‘I could hear the police, I could almost see them, I heard the sirens’, Ms Forbes (pictured) said after she was dragged through the Gold Coast streets at night while police looked for her

‘It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt, I honestly would not wish it upon my worst enemy.’

The 27-year-old said the horror began when agreed to help one of her attackers, Bodie John Collins, who she knew from buying marijuana. 

Collins had been kicked out of where he lived so she organised accommodation for him at the Aloha Apartments in Surfers Paradise and helped him move house. 

After heading home that evening she said Collins kept calling her and asked if they could meet because he ‘wanted to hang out’ with her. 

When she went to meet him downstairs Ms Forbes said her other attacker, Patutahora Hakaria, ‘jumped out of the bushes with a knife’.

‘I had no idea what was going on, or who he was,’ she said. 

Jorgia Forbes (pictured with Hope) said she thought she was going to die of a broken heart when her baby died in October 2020

Jorgia Forbes (pictured with Hope) said she thought she was going to die of a broken heart when her baby died in October 2020

‘He was saying to me, “don’t f***ing say anything” and had a knife to my throat,’ Ms Forbes said. 

‘He dragged me across the road and threw me in the backseat, where Bodie was and in the front seat was Grace Edmonds, [Hakaria’s] girlfriend.’ 

When they drove off at speeds of 70km/h, her ‘first instinct was to jump out of the car’ so she opened the door and rolled out onto the bitumen. 

‘I knew I couldn’t just jump out on my feet as I would have broken something, I knew what I had to do to save my life,’ she said. 

Collins and Hakaria tackled her and dragged her back into the car along the cement, as onlookers on the street began alerting police.

She was then hauled to Collin’s new apartment, where she was tied up, accused of stealing drugs and told she was going to die. 

But police sirens prompted two of the kidnappers to drag her to a different place.

What followed was a cat-and-mouse chase where the duo dragged Ms Forbes over fences and forced her into a rideshare car.

She said Hakaria held her at knifepoint as they tried to dodge cops and she heard police dogs and sirens searching for her. 

‘We were hiding in bushes, I was thrown over high fences – the sniffer dogs were looking for my scent,’ she said. 

She was then pushed into a rideshare car the pair had ordered, but they were forced to get out and walk the rest of the way. 

‘I could hear the police, I could almost see them, I heard the sirens, I saw the flashing lights,’ she said. ‘We went through all the backways, around apartments.’ 

Ms Forbes was taken to the Aloha Apartments in Surfers Paradise (pictured), where one of the kidnappers lived and was held against her will - before being forced to flee to another home

Ms Forbes was taken to the Aloha Apartments in Surfers Paradise (pictured), where one of the kidnappers lived and was held against her will – before being forced to flee to another home

When they finally reached the property around midnight, the pregnant abductee was forced to scale the high concrete wall of a patio.

Collins then forced her into a very hot shower with the idea of getting rid of her scent to ward off police dogs. 

‘He undressed me and scrubbed me, I had blood everywhere, bruised and he scrubbed the gravel out of my wounds with a loofah,’ she said. ‘I was in so much pain, everything burned.’

She said she was offered drugs and fell asleep, praying and thinking of her older daughter – before police arrived at 6.30am.

‘It was the biggest relief of my life,’ she said about waking up to the police picking her up off the floor. ‘It was a miracle.’

Ms Forbes said scans had shown her unborn child was healthy before the horrifying abduction but developed issues afterwards.

She believes the trauma of the abduction, during which her kidnappers smashed her head into concrete and left her battered, bruised, with cuts, scrapes and ‘blood everywhere’, is the reason Hope died.

Ms Forbes (pictured with Hope) believes her baby's death was caused by the kidnapping ordeal

Ms Forbes (pictured with Hope) believes her baby’s death was caused by the kidnapping ordeal

‘The trauma I endured, as a mother’s instinct, I believe it had something to do with Hope’s death,’ Ms Forbes said, who was three months pregnant at the time of the attack. 

‘I remember begging for my life, my unborn child’s life, praying for the police to find me before they killed me,’ Ms Forbes told the Southport District Court on Monday about her kidnapping.

‘The people who did this showed no mercy, several times they were going to kill me.’

It was later revealed police had employed CCTV footage, sniffer dogs and drones to track down Ms Forbes after the alarm had been raised about her abduction.  

Judge Jodie Wooldridge sentenced her attacker, Collins, to three years’ prison last week with a parole date of April 2 next year. 

He has served 114 days in pre-sentence custody already but Ms Forbes is livid with the sentence. 

‘I felt absolutely devastated, heartbroken and disgusted with the justice system – the whole thing was an absolute disgrace,’ Ms Forbes said. ‘Such a disgraceful outcome for such a horrific crime.’

Ms Forbes (pictured) who was three months pregnant at the time she was kidnapped, was forced into a car and dragged over fences while having her life threatened in a distressing nine-hour ordeal in which she thought she was going to die

Ms Forbes (pictured) who was three months pregnant at the time she was kidnapped, was forced into a car and dragged over fences while having her life threatened in a distressing nine-hour ordeal in which she thought she was going to die

‘The last two years my life have been a living hell, while [Collin’s life] seems to be great – the justice system has a lot to answer for.’

The other offenders Hakaria and Edmonds were sentenced last year to five years and three years in prison, respectively. 

‘All of this was motivated by the misplaced belief that she had stolen some money and drugs,’ Judge Helen Bowskill said in the Brisbane District Court during sentencing of Hakaria and Edmonds in July, 2021. 

‘She [Forbes] was quite understandably terrified and thought she was going to die,” Judge Bowskill said. 

Ms Forbes confessed that while she had been on and off drugs in the past, she had now been clean in recent months.

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