Thief steals SUV with 3-year-old boy inside

Thief steals SUV with 3-year-old boy inside

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The child was dropped off at the Windshire leasing office and didn't appear to be harmed.


by staff & Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 4:18 PM

HOUSTON – It was a terrifying morning for a Houston mother whose SUV was stolen with her little boy inside.

It all happened in the blink of an eye.

Alicia Hernandez was dropping her baby girl and 3-year-old son off at their grandmother's at the Windshire apartments at 4415 South Shaver.

Hernandez parked her Pathfinder right outside the grandmother's door and took the baby inside..

"She parked the car right there, right there in the front," said Patricia Martinez, the grandmother. "Left the car on, left the doors opened and this door was open. I was sitting right there."      

The mother thought little Ethan was following her but he was still in the car, according to Martinez.

"Baby was squat down, trying to get his toys," Martinez said.

Before the little boy could get out of the back seat, the thief jumped in and sped away.

A few minutes later, the suspect dropped the Ethan off near the complex leasing office.

The child was not harmed. Hernandez was checked out and she's OK, too.

Her Pathfinder was found at a nearby complex.

"Things don’t happen that often here," Martinez said. "This is scary. It’s really scary."

Police are still looking for the suspect, who got away with Hernandez's cell phone and credit cards. He was last seen running down South Shaver on foot.

Hernandez will not face charges for leaving her son in the car.