Baby returned to mother after car was stolen with child inside

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2015) - A baby girl was fast asleep in the backseat of a car when someone stole the vehicle from a gas station.

The suspect didn't make it very far when he realized there was was a tiny passenger in the car. He dropped off the baby near the gas station and proceeded to take off in the stolen vehicle.

Six-month-old Malaysia Rodriguez is back home with her mother. She was not injured during the incident.

The car was stolen around 2:30 a.m. at the Citgo Gas Station on 69th Street and Michigan Road. The baby's mother Danique Rodriguez stopped to get gas, and when she went in to pay someone stole the vehicle.

“So when I went in he was still walking up as I glanced down and gave the man my money he was in the car pulling off, like that’s how fast it happened," said Rodriguez.

Before the car was stolen, Rodriguez, noticed two men pull up the gas station in a silver Jeep with a flat tire. She said one man got out of the Jeep, started walking toward the convenience store then stole the car. The other man took off in the Jeep.

“He was just pulling off, like I’m flagging him down screaming, yelling crying like please stop your car like my baby in that car," said Rodriguez.

Shortly after jumping in the car, the suspect must have realized that there was a baby inside. He returned to the scene and left the five-month-old girl about 500 yards away from the Citgo gas station.

"She tried to make them stop  and she ran outside," said Bassa Gbeleou, the gas station attendant. "The car started moving slowly and then faster. She come back inside  and I gave her the phone. I tried to call 911."

Police located the stolen vehicle behind a vacant home in the 3200 block of Ralston Avenue.

IMPD is warning parents of the danger of leaving a running car unattended, especially with someone inside.

"You can see the vehicle - it’s at hands reach," said Officer Christopher Wilburn from IMPD. " Your judgement is this will take a second. That’s exactly how long it took for somebody to pull up to a gas station, jump into your car and they're off with your vehicle."

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