Child found safe after car stolen with child inside - WSMV Channel 4

Child found safe after car stolen with child inside

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A child who was in the backseat of his mother's car as it was stolen Tuesday evening has been found and is safe.

Police said the car was reported stolen from the 3600 block of Bentfield Drive in Antioch just after 5 p.m.

The child's mother said she was picking up another of her children from the mother's aunt's home, and when she returned outside, her car was gone, along with her 5-year-old child who was sleeping in the backseat.

The mother left the vehicle unlocked and the key in the ignition, police said.

"Next thing you know, I just hear a car step on the gas, and a woman came out of the house yelling, 'someone stole my car, with a kid in it,'" neighbor Otis Underwood said.

"The car took off that way. I got in my truck and tried to catch them, but couldn't catch them," neighbor Michael Underwood said.

After a nearly two-hour search, the child was located unharmed at the TravelCenters of America truck stop on Old Hickory Boulevard. The car was also found abandoned at the truck stop with no sign of the suspects.

Police said surveillance video appears to show the suspects leaving the car at the parking lot around 5:40 p.m. and walking east.

"God is good. The child is safe. They found the baby, and we're very happy because of that. This is a great neighborhood, and this stuff should stop," neighbor Gerald Burdine said.

Toni Lutrick happened to be talking to friends in the truck stop parking lot when the child walked by.

"He was standing beside me, sobbing so bad that he was out of breath. Being a grandmother, I said, 'I want to help you, but you've got to talk to me and tell me what happened,'" Lutrick said.

Lutrick said she called the police and bought the child a hotdog while waiting for officers to arrive.

Then came the happiest news possible for a two very worried parents.

The child and his parents were reunited by police, but officers continue their search for the suspects in the car theft.

Police describe them as two black males in their teens or early 20s who may live or have friends in the neighborhood surrounding Bentfield Drive.

Anyone knowing their identities is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

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