ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A 2-month-old boy was reunited with his mother after being taken during a car theft in north city, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said Thursday.
According to Leah Freeman, a police spokeswoman, the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. at a gas station at the intersection of Goodfellow Boulevard and Natural Bridge Road.
The victim left their keys in the vehicle, a gold 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, to go inside. Witnesses said that’s when a man standing near the car noticed the keys inside, got in, and drove away with the infant still in the backseat.
About 30 minutes later police got a call that an infant was found inside a bathroom at a park about a mile and a half from the gas station. The child was unharmed, but EMS was called to the scene for a precautionary check.
A witness, Kisha Isaac, said the mother went into the gas station to check on her six year old son who had gone inside to buy an ice cream.
“You warn people not to leave your kids in the car, but she was already concerned because she went in the store to check on her other son, who she thought was independent enough to go in there and get what he needed,” Isaac said. “He went in to get an ice cream I was trying to console him because he was like, 'Man, if I didn’t go in there to get my ice cream, this probably wouldn’t have happened.'”
The vehicle was discovered a short time later on Lotus Avenue, about three blocks from where the infant was located.
The suspect remains at-large.