Infant safe after thief steals car he was in, police say

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for a suspect after the person allegedly stole a car with a nine-week-old baby in the backseat.

According to police, the mother drove to her mother-in-law’s house in the university area and went inside for just a minute to speak with the woman Wednesday afternoon.

The vehicle was still running and the child asleep in the backseat, police said.

When she returned the vehicle was gone.

Authorities said every available officer responded to the area. They eventually located the missing vehicle on South Graham. The baby was still asleep inside.

Authorities were unable to find the suspect or any witnesses. They’re asking for anyone who knows anything to give them a call at (901) 528-CASH.

The mother was issued a citation for leaving the vehicle running while unattended.

Bailey Kail, a junior at the University of Memphis, found the baby in the backseat of the car.

Kail said she couldn’t back out of her driveway because a SUV blocked her in. She couldn’t tell if anyone was inside because of the rainy weather and decided to investigate.

That’s when she saw the baby inside.

“I see there’s a baby and so I’m like, ‘ok, ok, ok,’ I’m not going to touch anything just in case and so I run in here, call 911,” Kail said.

Kail said it only took about 30 seconds for police to show up.

Everyone is grateful the child was safely recovered. Kail said that while she’s glad she could help, this also served as a lesson.

“I’ll definitely keep my doors locked,” Kail said.

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