Car Stolen ... With Toddler Inside
Mom left keys in running car
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 10, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Leaving your baby in a hot car is bad. So is leaving it in a running one.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you want your car to get stolen, your best bet is probably to leave it unlocked and running in a parking lot after midnight. If you want your child to get stolen, well, try leaving her in the aforementioned running vehicle. Odds are that 18-month-old Kimberly Delgado's mother wasn't shooting for either outcome, but the end result was an Amber Alert after the mother emerged from an apartment building she was visiting to find her car and daughter gone, the Chicago Tribune reports. Both were found a mile away a few hours later, unharmed.

The whole incident isn't as uncommon as you might think. Police in Michigan today announced that they wouldn't be filing charges against Jesse Greer, who left his baby girl in a running SUV, which was subsequently stolen. The girl and car were soon found, but police considered charging Greer with leaving a child under age 6 in an unattended vehicle, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail, the Advisor & Source reports.

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marcolino
Jan 12, 2013 2:07 AM CST
That was not really a wise thing to do. And it was not right that she came out of the situation without being punished for leaving the child alone and even worse in a running car with the keys inside(. And it is really sad to hear that Police officers didn't do the right thing that night. Everyone should keep an eye on their car keys and especially kids!. Thieves are always just waiting for the right moment to act. For instance, my sister was buying gasoline at this petrol station https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=london+map&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x47d8a00baf21de75:0x52963a5addd52a99,London&gl=uk&ei=27sGT9-4KsaO8gPKn9XKAQ&oi=geocode_result&ved=0CDQQ8gEwAA about a month ago and her daughter was sleeping in the back seat. She left the keys attached to the petrol cap to go pull the gas pipe and just the time to go around the car and the key was gone. She had a spare key but it was at home. She immediately called the Police who advised her to call this automotive locksmith ( http://www.autokeysquad.com/book-appointment-2 / if it interests anyone- however, it is my understanding they cover only some parts of the UK! ) to get a new set of keys to be able to drive the car back home, luckily the insurance company covered the expenses! So going back to the topic, since then I've always scold my sister for leaving the car key unattended. And i always remind her to pay more attention to this kind of things, especially if she has her daughter with her.
Marelicia
Jan 11, 2013 3:17 AM CST
Sounding like a drug run to me. If the mother really had to make a drug run at midnight, she did not have to leave her car running or did she? She was probably afraid that her car would not Start once she returned after making her drug purchase, so she left her car running with baby inside. The cops should have notified CPS. Mother should have been tested for Drugs, Referred to parenting classes and monitored by CPS for for no less than 93 days. Although several criminal and traffic laws were clearly violated, the police refused to issue any traffic citation or did not feel like doing any paperwork at midnight. Ridiculous.
finkster
Jan 10, 2013 2:59 PM CST
These are the kind of parents that don't deserve to be parents....