A 23-month-old boy kidnapped early Thursday morning after his mother left him in her running SUV while she ran inside her house has been found safe.
The kidnapping occurred about 5:15 a.m. in the 4500 block of Pleasant Street, according to police spokeswoman Tamara Pena.
The mother told police she had placed her son in a car seat in the back seat of her 1999 Ford Explorer, which was parked in her driveway.
“The mother started the vehicle but then went back inside her residence to retrieve an item,” Pena said in an email to the Star-Telegram. “During that period, an unknown person entered into her Explorer and drove off. The child was still inside the vehicle.”
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Police did a large-scale search for the child and vehicle, including by helicopter.
About 40 minutes after the reported kidnapping, a resident living in the Peppertree Acres apartments in the 6500 block of Sheridan discovered the child sitting on her front porch. The location is less than three miles from where the SUV was stolen.
The child was not harmed, police said, and was returned to his mother. The mother will not face charges, Pena said.
The stolen Explorer had still not been located as of 9 a.m. Thursday and no arrests made.
Pena said it was unclear whether the suspect had initially realized the child was in the SUV when he targeted it.
A city ordinance in Fort Worth makes it a Class C misdemeanor to leave a vehicle running unattended.
“This ordinance is in place to protect property and in some cases life,” Pena said.
Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655