20-Day-Old Baby Reunited With Mother After Carjacking

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A 20-day-old baby who was in a car that was stolen from a Kentucky gas station Thursday night was reunited with his mother after the vehicle was found hours later about seven miles away, police said. An Amber Alert had been issued for the infant, Henry Flores, after his mother's Volkswagen was stolen while he was in the backseat, Florence police said in a statement. The alert was canceled after two women who had received text message notifications about the stolen vehicle spotted it at a different gas station. The pair found the sleeping baby in the backseat of the car, according to NBC affiliate WLWT.

"We just started crying. We just wanted to make sure that the baby was okay," Jenny Ford and Megan Lewin, who found Henry, told the station. Henry's mother arrived with police minutes later.

Investigators said the car was ditched just 20 minutes after it was stolen, and the suspect probably had no intention of taking the baby. Florence police do not have a suspect in custody, but the car thief could face charges of theft, kidnapping and endangering a child. Florence police said in a statement that the baby "appears to be fine," but he would undergo a precautionary medical check-up.


— Elisha Fieldstadt