By Robbie Owens, CBS 11 NewsBy Robbie Owens

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are hoping that a scary situation for one Dallas mother can be a lesson for parents and motorists all over the Metroplex. Someone stole the mom’s car at a gas station in south Oak Cliff. And her 6-year-old son was still inside.

According to officials with the Dallas Police Department, the mother had stopped at a Chevron gas station at the intersection of Interstate-35E and Camp Wisdom Road just before 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. While she went inside to pay, the mother left her keys inside of her black Mitsubishi Galant, along with her young boy. Someone jumped behind the wheel and took off with the car, and the child.

Fortunately, police were already in the area when the mom, who police described as “hysterical,” called 911 for help. The child was spotted on the service road just minutes later, and was returned to his mother soon after. That 6-year-old was unharmed.

Just after finding the child, police officers also spotted the stolen car still in the area. The driver was taken into custody. None of the names of those involved in this incident have been released.

Police have not said if the mother will face any charges for leaving her child alone in a running vehicle, but the did say that this type of incident happens more often than many people realize. Young children should not be left alone, and vehicles should not be left running while unattended. The Dallas PD is hoping that this mother’s close call will be a lesson for anyone else tempted to make these mistakes.