Mother of two-year-old in stolen SUV thankful he’s home as police search for thief

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Two-year-old Tkky-ree Mitchell is safe and sound at home after being kidnapped over the weekend.

"I hugged him extra tight. Actually, I been hugging him all day. Ain't stop hugging him," Cassandra Barnes told WREG Monday.

Police said little Tkky-ree was in a car when it was stolen outside a Frayser gas station parking lot just before midnight Sunday.

"It was a scare. So much happening these days," said Barnes.

The child's father, 32-year-old Donald Thomas, told officers he parked his car just briefly and ran inside to get some juice.

When he came back out, the car and Tkky-ree were taking off down the road.

"There was a lot running through my mind. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to say," explained Barnes.

Barnes got the news shortly after the vehicle was taken.

The next hour and a half were tense.

Thankfully officers received another call an abandoned Kia SUV 10 miles away sitting in the middle of Warren Street in South Memphis.

Tkky-ree was inside and unharmed.

Investigators checked and sure enough, they found Tkky-ree in the vehicle, unharmed.

"They got the baby out. I told them to bring the baby in the house, get him out of this night air. And I gave the baby some water and juice," said Sherry Kimbro.

Kimbro lives off Warren.

She saw all the commotion by her house and helped out.

Tkky-ree’s mother said she's grateful for her kindness.

"She was a pretty nice lady and I thank God that she showed up the way she showed up.”

Thomas has been charged with child endangerment and neglect.

Officers said they are now searching for whoever stole the vehicle.

 

If you have information about this case call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.