Parents relieved to have kids home safe after carjacking

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Myia Woolfolk, Stephon Smith, and their two children returned to their home Thursday night following an ordeal they would like to forget. Woolfolk ran into a gas station and left her children inside the car. The car was stolen. Her heart sank.

“Everything just dropped,” Woolfolk said.

Police released a photo of a potential suspect and the car was eventually spotted by police. The couple’s four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son were safely returned. North County Cooperative Chief Tim Swope praised his officers for their diligence said two suspects were taken into custody.

“A lot of times these stories go the other way, so for it to end this way, what a blessing,” Smith said.

The couple hopes other parents will learn from their mistake.

“Take your kids with you,” Smith said.

Woolfolk said she gave her children the biggest hug she had ever given.

“Your babies come first,” Woolfolk said. “Never leave them unattended.”