Car Thief Drives Off With Sleeping Toddler

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 11:30 PM CDT
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A man stole a family's vehicle Thursday afternoon with a toddler inside. The thief drove about 15 minutes before letting the child out. Police are still searching for the thief and the stolen vehicle.

Kristi Nelson, NBC 5 News

A man stole a family's vehicle Thursday afternoon with a toddler inside. The thief drove about 15 minutes before letting the child out. Police are still searching for the thief and the stolen vehicle.

A man stole a car with a sleeping toddler inside in Fort Worth on Thursday afternoon.

Fabiola Garcia said the thief jumped into her still-running car when she stopped at a garage sale at about 3:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Henderson Street.

Her son, 2-year-old Ricardo Calderon, was sleeping inside the car.

"They came across the street and told me the little boy was in the car, and I called the police back and told them it was a kidnapping," witness Bobby Duncan said.

Police say the car thief didn't go very far before stopping the car and letting little boy out about 15 minutes later.

Garcia said she thanks God that Ricardo was not harmed, and the family is happy he and his three brothers are all safe.

"I hope they catch that man," a cousin said. "He should pay for what he did."

The stolen car is still missing, and police are searching for the thief.

And tonight police are still searching for both the thief and the stolen car.

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