Car Stolen In Dallas With Child Still Inside

By Robbie Owens, CBS 11 News

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.

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  • lawrence todd

    Great Job Dallas PD! No one wants to comment when you guys do an outstanding job…should be a front page story.

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    Agree with Lawrence Todd… media is so quick to put the names, history, family etc. of Dallas officers in the news who are thrown under the bus by the chief. How about starting to regularly highlight “wins” like this by DPD? Wins like this occur everyday by Dallas police, both on duty and off duty officers. The Chief should be touting these as well.

  • Z

    Where exactly did it say the car was still running?

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  • Shawn

    It is not illegal to leave a child in a car while paying for gas.

    Leaving the keys is just insanely stupid though. Junior can handle 90 seconds without electronic entertainment while the parental unit proffers payment.

  • Kim Dar

    What the heck was he (the 6 year old) doing out at 1:00 A.M.? I am thinking that it was a school night and he should have been home in bed way before 1 a.m. I think maybe CPS needs to look into the situation.

  • NiteNurse

    I think back to the many times my mom left me and my sisters in a hot car (windows down) with the keys in the car. She always said she would be gone just a few minutes but often would be gone for as long as 30 minutes. This was in the 1960s but still anything could have happened to us. Parents do stupid stuff to their kids all the time it’s a wonder we make it out of childhood alive!

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