Mother of 3-month-old taken with stolen van meets with woman who found him

Missouri

ALTON, Ill. – A search party set out in Alton after a 3-month-old baby was taken in a stolen vehicle Friday night. He has been found.

It was on the intersection of Common Street and Elliot where baby Ghyadi was found on the side of the road and in a ditch hours after he was reported missing.

Gena Wilson left her car running in her driveway with Ghyadi inside and went back into her home to grab something. When she came back Ghyadi and the van were gone.

Wilson reported it to the Alton police and an Amber Alert was issued.

The suspects who stole the van began throwing everything out as they drove off, baby Ghyadi included.

The community came together and began searching on foot for the 3-month-old.

Brittney Ford, a mother of three herself, was driving around with her aunt with windows down and music off to try and see if they could hear him.

Sure enough, they heard Ghyadi crying in the ditch and were able to bring him to safety.

Police predict Ghyadi was in the ditch for 2 to 3 hours by himself. He was rushed to a children’s hospital for hypothermia and suffered minor bruising and scratches.

Ghyadi is home and safe now.

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