One minute, Michael Danner was bottle-feeding his infant daughter in the living room of their upper Bucks County home.
The next, Danner and the baby were on a high-speed, terrifying ride with two armed robbers who had invaded their house, commandeered Danner's car, and forced father and child to go with them.
"They never had any regard for us," Danner, 33, recalled yesterday in Bucks County Court. "They wouldn't even let me put my 5-month-old daughter in a car seat."
Danner spoke of the May 8 nightmare during an emotional hearing in which his abductors received long state prison terms for robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and other crimes.
Victor Detres, 29, of Allentown, was sentenced to serve 25 to 50 years by Bucks County Court Judge Rea B. Boylan. His accomplice, Ramon Gonzalez-DeJesus, 26, also of Allentown, got 20 to 40 years.
Both men admitted robbing a GameStop store in neighboring Montgomery Township that afternoon, ditching their getaway car, and then running into Danner's unlocked house in Hilltown Township.
Detres' sentence was harsher because he also pleaded guilty to holding up four other stores in late 2005.
After fleeing north on U.S. 309 at speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h., the kidnappers released Danner and his daughter outside a car wash in Allentown.
Both apologized in court to Danner and his wife, noting that they, too, are fathers of infant children.
"I can feel what he felt," Gonzales-DeJesus said through an interpreter. "I also have a daughter who is 7 months old, and I can put myself in his place."
Added Detres: "I wish I could find a way to take the pain away for what happened that day. I would be traumatized, too."
Detres' relatives blamed his actions on drug addiction.
Gonzales-DeJesus's girlfriend, Carmen Lugo, said he had been pressured by the impending birth of their child and a series of job layoffs. She said he had been living in a car at the time of the May robbery.