Kids taken during car theft found safe

Police search for suspect, SUV
September 23, 2008 2:48:03 PM PDT
Three children who were inside a vehicle that was stolen were not hurt, officials saidPolice say a car thief took the vehicle with the kids inside from a store parking lot at 71st and Indiana.

The hospital spokesperson says a caretaker was shopping with the children, a 2- month-old boy, 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl at the time. It is not clear if the caretaker was in the store without the children- or loading bags into the car at the time of the theft.

"Crime, you know. And I took them to the hospital? They were OK. They weren't with their parents. They were with their auntie. The oldest was 4. You can't leave kids in a car like that," said Deanta Edwards, who found the children.

Police were at the scene where the carjacker dumped the kids in a backyard in the 1500-block of East 72nd Street early Tuesday afternoon. Homeowners and neighbors say the kids physically looked fine but that they were terrified and screaming. They were taken to local hospitals and checked out.

"Terrified. I mean, there's nothing else I can really say. I was just terrified. And this might -- my daughter, my youngest. I was terrified. I didn't know what to think," said Allen Brown, father of the 4-year-old. Brown told ABC7 that his daughter was able to give police information about the case.

Police were spotted dusting the children's car seats for prints before bringing them back into the hospital.

Allen Brown, the father of the 4-year-old gir, told producer Jason Knowles that his daughter is fine and she was able to convey info to police.

Brown says his daughter is not related to the other two children. He says the kids were all with the caretaker who runs a babysitting service.

Police are looking for the suspect and the vehicle.


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