HOUSTON – The mother who was separated from her baby girl for an entire morning admits she never should have left her child alone in the car.
Lashanna Hailey stopped for a soda at the Texaco gas station at 1110 North Sam Houston Parkway West Monday around 1 a.m.
Hailey said she was driving home from a friend’s house and got thirsty.
She left the keys in the ignition and her 8-month-old sleeping in a car seat while parked at the gas station.
“The door swung open, and I ran out. He sat in there, and threw it in reverse,” explained Lashanna Hailey. “I jumped on the car. I was pulling at the door to get her out.
Hailey says there was no stopping the car thief.
An Amber Alert was issued around 3 a.m. and all the 26-year-old single mother could do was sit and wait.
“I knew if they didn’t find my baby, I was going to go crazy. Mentally, I was not going to be OK,” said Hailey.
Hailey was with a Houston police detective when the phone call came in that her baby had been found.
“He’s like your baby is safe,” recalled Hailey. “Best news of my life. I don’t even think winning the lottery would have been better.”
A jogger had spotted the child abandoned in a bush in an isolated area on Houston’s north side.
Genesis Hailey was unharmed other than a few ant bites.
“I advise no parents to ever leave their babies in the car,” said Hailey. “That one minute can change your whole world and your whole life.”
Hailey also wants to thank the Houston police officer who responded and wrapped Genesis in his uniform.
She does not have any words for the man who put her and her baby through this.
“He just threw her away like she was trash,” added Hailey. “Every time I think about him, he brings the hood out of me. I just want to…”
Hailey says she is keeping constant tabs on her baby at her family’s house in Humble.
She is confident that the suspect will “get what he deserves.”
Houston police found her car abandoned not far away on Greens Parkway near Fall Lake Road. Investigators are still asking for tips.