HOUSTON – Child Protective Services is investigating a case where a toddler was left inside a running car that was then stolen by a car thief early Sunday in north Houston, police said.
According to the Houston Police Department, the mother of the child parked her red Toyota Camry in front of a house on Cortland near East 37th Street around 1 a.m. She then went inside the home, leaving the toddler in the car with the motor running.
A male suspect saw the car running and stole the vehicle, police said. It is not clear whether he knew there was child in the backseat.
HPD put out a description of the vehicle and after about two hrs, an HPD unit spotted the Camry on Lawn Street.
Police gave a short chase when the suspect lost control of the car and crashed into a ditch.
HPD is still looking for that suspect after he was able to flee the scene on foot.
The toddler was still in the car and not hurt during the crash, police said. The child was taken to the hospital to be checked out.