Car Stolen ... With Toddler Inside

Mom left keys in running car

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2013 10:04 AM CST

(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.

Leaving your baby in a hot car is bad. So is leaving it in a running one.   (Shutterstock)
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