Parents Leave Sleeping Baby in the Back of Jeep & It’s Stolen (VIDEO)

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carseatIt seems like at least once a week we come across a story about parents leaving babies in their car -- and of course something awful happens. Well, here's another one. A couple in the Bronx pulled up to a cellphone store. Their 7-month-old baby was sleeping in the back seat. Dad jumped out to pay a bill inside the store. Then the mother left the car to join him just for a few minutes. They left the car running. And then a thief jumped behind the wheel and took off.

A frantic search for the stolen Jeep and baby followed. That baby was found about an hour later, still in the Jeep about a mile away from where it had been stolen. The baby is fine. A family friend says, "I thought we would never see her again." It's a huge relief, I'm sure. But parents, can we please stop leaving babies in cars?!?

I know everyone who does it thinks they'll only be gone a minute. They want the baby to keep sleeping. They're SURE nothing bad will happen. They're in the city, so there are too many witnesses. Or they're in the country, and there's no one around. There's always some justification.

But the very idea of leaving a child inside a car just makes my stomach lurch. I guess some of us are paranoid, and some of us are in denial. Maybe I'm a worst-case-scenario mom, but it just doesn't make sense to me to take that risk.

But whatever. Parents will keep doing it. And we'll keep posting these scary stories about babies getting stolen or dying in hot cars or freezing in cold cars. No one ever wants to see that happen. And I'm SO relieved for the family in the Bronx that they found their baby again so quickly. But come on, guys! Stop doing that.

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Blues... Blueshark77

No, I've never left a baby in the car, even for a minute, and those were the ones I was taking care of, not my own. My own baby is due soon and I would never leave her in the car. I am too paranoid, or maybe just read the news too much, to ever think it's okay even for a minute to leave the baby. 

miche... micheledo

I have left my sleeping children in thevan, in our garage, when they meeded the sleep. And never in the winter or hot months. I would never do it with a vehicle running. I always imagine someone breaking in and taking our vehicle.

Jespren Jespren

Gee, because ONE of the 7,529,642 babies left along for a few minutes last year (not to mention the millions, upon millions, upon millions that have been left for a few minutes in the car/buggy/contrivence since contrivences have been around) happened to have the car stolen and have *gasp* ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAPPEN to them...all parents must take their kids with them everywhere. Never mind that, statistically, the kid is more likely to be injuried by a fall or accident walking from car to store than from being kidnapped, can't possibly let a one in a billion occurance go without using it to make parents paranoid, I mean, you won't have another chance to freak over a kid-in-the-car 'kidnapping' for another decade or so.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Um the mom couldn't stay in the jeep? Morons. Sorry but jeeze.

tuffy... tuffymama

Why couldn't Becky Busybody just sit her can in the car for a few minutes? I hope that twit learned a damn lesson.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

Why couldnt mom just stay in the car?! Our youngest is 4 & if we both go somewhere, 99% of the time, just one of us runs in. Even to the grocery store. When im alone, ill leave our 10yr old in charge. But thats just if i have to run in to pay for gas or something. & she locks the doors till i get back. No matter if im only gonna be gone for a minute.

Misty... Misty.Dawn

my son was about 4 months old i think...we went to pick my ex husband up from work late one night. Of course baby was asleep. We were early so i was gonna hop over the the passenger seat. Apparently when i got out, i hit the power locks. Locked baby in, me out. I was FRANTIC! Thankfully he was asleep & it felt great outside so it wasnt gonna get too hot/cold inside the car. I was ready to bust the window out till hubby reminded me that our insurance covered a locksmith. Which was there within 10 mins. But that was a loooooong 10 mins lol i just dont understand leaving your baby in a car on purpose. The chances might be slim, but why would you even take the chance?

doodledo doodledo

A person who leaves their baby/young child alone in a car or at home or anywhere is an idiot. Yes that means you too.

Vegeta Vegeta

What if it was a wrangler with the top and doors off? The dad might have needed the moms info quick and in that minute or so the car was stolen. You weren't there and you don't know. So don't judge.

nonmember avatar ALKAT

Is it too hard for people to understand that there is a huge difference between leaving a child in a locked car within your sight and leaving one in an UNLOCKED car that is running WITH THE KEYS IN IT?!

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