Fort Worth toddler safe after thief takes mom's car

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FORT WORTH -- A 2-year-old boy was returned to his family safely Thursday afternoon after a thief put him out of his mother's car a few blocks from where it was stolen in the Fairmount neighborhood.

Fabiola Garcia had four sons in the car, a white Ford Escape, when she stopped at a yard sale in the 1900 block of South Henderson Street, the eldest son, Ruben Calderon, 11, said.

Two-year-old Ricardo was asleep, so his mother left him in the car with air conditioning running.

A man jumped into the car car and drove away, Ruben said.

His little brother was let out of the car farther south on Henderson, Ruben said.

Police officers found the child and brought him back to his family.

There was no word early Thursday evening if the thief had been arrested.

An early report stated that the thief was a Hispanic male wearing a white shirt, black pants and a Dallas Cowboys ballcap on backward.

The mother was distraught.

"She didn't care about the car and neither did I," he said about his mother. "We only cared about the kid -- my baby brother."

Brother Brian said there were library books in the car. "Now we're going to have to pay for them," he lamented.

But Ruben put things into a different perspective.

"We're feeling better right now," he said, "and thanking God that he helped us get back our little baby brother."

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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