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Car stolen with 7-week-old baby inside after mum left keys in ignition to collect food

A car was stolen with a seven-week-old baby inside after the infant’s mother left the vehicle unattended to collect a takeaway.

The mum told police her baby was asleep when she parked up in a disabled space at the Chipotle restaurant in Fontana, California, on Tuesday afternoon.

She left the keys in the ignition of the 2013 silver Kia Optima to keep the air conditioning running while she went inside to pick up her order, police said.

A man who had been sitting at a table inside the restaurant on Sierra Ave allegedly jumped inside the car and drove off, officials said.

The mother told police she ran after him in the car park, screaming at him to give her baby back, KABC News reported.

The theft was reported at 1.56 pm, the City of Fontana Police Department confirmed.

Less than 90 minutes later, the vehicle was found empty 17 miles away in Norco, by a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy.

A witness told the officer that a man had fled the vehicle with the baby in his arms and ran up a nearby hill.

The suspect was found a short time later with the child, who was unharmed.

Police confirmed Agabosi Christopher Tanpinu was arrested.

It is unknown if the mother will face any police action.

65 Comments

65 Comments

  1. Pdmx

    September 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I trsut Nigerian badoo boys wouldn’t have released the baby….thank God it didn’t happen somewhere in Nigeria

  2. Queen Precious Ufuoma

    September 12, 2017 at 6:54 am

    God protect this baby

  3. Akintayo Rukiyat Oyenike

    September 12, 2017 at 6:54 am

    May the be be found by God’s grace safely

  4. Micheal Ejiro Comfort

    September 12, 2017 at 6:55 am

    God please save ur own,,,

  5. Ezeadachie Ujunwa

    September 12, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Thank you Lord for protecting dis lovely child.
    As for d mother she should be charged for negligence

    • Jennifer Chinenye Ezeh

      September 12, 2017 at 8:32 am

      For negligence… U think it’s easy to be a mum and do the run around? Just try having a baby then come and tell me this

    • Ezeadachie Ujunwa

      September 12, 2017 at 9:14 am

      My dear, did u read to d end. If yes,den I don’t see any reason for u to argue on my comment. Y would she leave a baby inside the car alone with d car key.
      She’s careless

    • Mary Steve

      September 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Ezeadachie ujunwa d u also read it at all,, d baby was sleeping o so she left d key on d car ignition to keep d AC on o,,,careless k

  6. Ichechimee Alda Amadi

    September 12, 2017 at 6:59 am

    ThankGod the baby was unharmed

  7. plumpyj

    September 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thank God he was caught nd the baby was found safe…

  8. Hephzibah Ekwuribe

    September 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    You don’t leave kids in d car,its wrong

    • Jnr G Ileke

      September 12, 2017 at 7:15 am

      Shows you have non or babysit at all

    • Afoke Ojobor Okobia

      September 12, 2017 at 11:11 am

      True she jst wanted to pick sometin according to the story its nt more dan a 1 or 2 mins walk

    • Susan Igho

      September 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      O mins self ,it’s wrong.i totally disagree oh

    • Chinelo Sunmarlene Nwode

      September 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      A sleeping baby,so she should wake him up and carry him, don’t worry when you have your own,you would wish he sleeps a day

  9. Bella Fitzgerald Porsche

    September 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

    People sha

  10. Makas Best

    September 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thank God

  11. Uche Jaqhswill

    September 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    just be thankful that your baby is hail and hearty

  12. Munachi Kingsley

    September 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I read in horror till I got to the point where they said he was arrested and the baby unharmed, phew, thankGod

  13. Maureen Nnedimma

    September 12, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Thank u Lord

  14. Ukoh Ugo Kingsley

    September 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Thank God she found her baby unharmed.

  15. Oz Uyi Aghayere

    September 12, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Thank God

  16. Maureen Onwuegbulam

    September 12, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Tank God baby is unhurt..
    See as the baby d smile nd pose for camera she doesn’t knw that dem b wan kidnap am oo.. Lol

  17. Valentine Nwankwo

    September 12, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Chai!
    The person must be looking for a way to return the baby.

  18. Jessica Richy

    September 12, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Thank God for the life of the baby

  19. Tarah Dulzura

    September 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Thank God she is safe. .
    That’s all I care about.

  20. Osagie Itohan Tessy

    September 12, 2017 at 7:36 am

    All tanks to God d babe was save….

  21. Awele Ojinji

    September 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Fine baby thank God for protecting the baby

  22. Solange Zion

    September 12, 2017 at 7:55 am

    I thank God for the baby was OK

  23. Prince Hillary

    September 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Nice job guys…… trust Nigerian police…… they ll delay the arrest till the suspect disappear forever!

  24. Magdalene Elijah

    September 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I thank God for this little angel.

  25. Chris-limam White

    September 12, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Haha I have done this on many occasions in Naija thinking Na abroad haha menh criminals everywhere too bad

  26. Nancy Omumu

    September 12, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Oh my God thank God I finished reading I almost had heart attack seeing this innocent child in that predicament. Thank you Jesus

  27. Franklin US

    September 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thank God the baby was found unharmed

  28. Mimi Mimicandy

    September 12, 2017 at 8:46 am

    this woman is careless thank God d baby is safe

  29. Nkechi Stella Ugorji

    September 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Thank God that the innocent baby was saved

  30. Florence Jumbo

    September 12, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Thank you Jesus

  31. Obakpororo Agbaire

    September 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Thank ogheneme

  32. Jessie Obas

    September 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Amen

  33. Chizoba Okpara

    September 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

    fine baby…. thank God
    .

  34. Ifeyinwa Okoronkwo

    September 12, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Thank God for protecting the baby

  35. Olushanu

    September 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Am sure the baby confuse the suspect for him to be caught

  36. lizzysuga

    September 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Thank God

  37. Glad George Chinda

    September 12, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Careless Mum

  38. Lily Igwe

    September 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

    thank God for everything

  39. Oluwanifemi Bridget

    September 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Thank God d baby was found

  40. Joy Ezak Uno

    September 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    thank God for saving the baby life

  41. Esty Samuel

    September 12, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Thank God for the baby

  42. Uchechi Christybel

    September 12, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    if na Nigeria
    both the baby car and the man is gone without a trace no matter d search
    tnk God for d baby’s life

  43. Maritza Harrell-Jacques

    September 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Negligent mother!

  44. Asagunla Ogundipe Temitope Bukola

    September 12, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Praise God, for the protection of this baby.

  45. Euch Okafor

    September 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Ooh dat was a mistake from the mum for living her inside bt thank God she is back

  46. Favour Chidera

    September 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Thank God ooo

  47. La Marie

    September 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    The child is even a Nigerian, nothing for fit happen to the baby, Ninja blood too strong.

  48. Noblelady Opara

    September 12, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Phew, that was a close one…!
    Happy ending… All thanks to God!

  49. Eze Joy

    September 12, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    God is wonderful i am happy

  50. Lilian Vincent

    September 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    THANK GOD FOR SAVING THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY.

  51. Ukamaka Nz

    September 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

  52. Arogun Olubunmi

    September 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Thank God for the baby..

  53. Oduma Oluchi

    September 13, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Thank God for saving her life ooo God of miracle

  54. Emzycool

    September 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    My God inter vain.

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