Car Stolen While Toddler Peacefully Sits in Her Car Seat (VIDEO)

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rearview mirrorA car was recently stolen out of a parking lot in Benseville, Illinois. It sucks, but it isn't the most news-worthy of stories, right? I mean, cars get stolen on a daily basis. But, see, what makes this story unique and awful and completely horrifying is the fact that there was a little 18-month-old girl sitting in her car seat in the back when this happened.

Kimberly Delgado's mom thought it would be a fine idea to run into an apartment building at around 12:40 a.m. and leave her car running in the parking lot -- with her daughter in it. When she came outside and saw that both were missing, understandably, she was horrified. But what happened next is downright shocking.

After an Amber Alert was issued, police found the car -- with the girl still in it -- a few miles away from where it was taken. And she was fine. According to cops, "she was still bundled up" like nothing ever happened.

Wow.

I'm not going to get into the whole leaving your kids in the car unattended thing here, because I think -- I hope -- we're all on the same page. So let's focus on the criminal. And how, when it comes down to it, he can't be the worst person in the world (yes, the alleged thief is being described as a "he", PC police).

Clearly, this man didn't intend or want to kidnap a child here. I'm not justifying this crime at all -- stealing is wrong any way you slice it -- but he saw a running car and took it because it was easy. I don't think he was after more than that. I'm guessing after he saw the adorable, sweet baby girl in the back seat, he had an "oh shit" moment, and just ditched everything.

This man may not be the most scrupulous person in the world, being that he was allegedly attempting grand theft. But he obviously isn't the most unscrupulous either. Thank God.

What do you think of this? Have you ever left your child in your car unattended?

 

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Blues... Blueshark77

That mom and little girl are beyond lucky that the thief wasn't a molester or murderer. Seriously, why would anyone with a functioning brain cell leave their child unattended in a car, let alone a running car? To answer the question I would never leave a child unattended in a car. It might be a pain to get them out to run back to the house to grab something you forgot, but imagine how much worse the pain would be to come back to an empty or missing car. Tragedy can occur in a few short seconds.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

While I San glad the child is ok, I how this was a serious wake up call to the mother. That was a total uncaring, thoughtless, boneheaded move on her part. I would never leave my kids unattended like that! What a moron!

nonmember avatar peopleareidiots

I think the mom is a dumba$$ druggie. Who would be "running into an apartment" at 12am? Only people doing a drug deal. She deserved what she got, not the child but the dumb mother who should not have her child.

jalaz77 jalaz77

1240 am??? What a dumba$$. Now I have left my kids in the car to run back into the house to grab another kid or my purse. But my car is off and locked. I know it sounds like I am justifying this but I am gone for 20 seconds. Just being honest. Glad kiddo is safe.

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

Gosh that is horrible! I knew a lady once that got home a little late from grocery shopping with her toddler and so she took the kid inside after parking in the garage. When she came back downstairs to her attached garage her car was gone along with all her grocerys! Imagine if she would have run in her groceries really quick while her toddler was sleeping in the car. The kid could have been taken along with the car. Scary!

LoveM... LoveMyKBabies

I live in a town of maybe 2000 people, if that. If it's hot or cold outside & I get gas, I'll start the car back up and let the ac/heater run while I go pay. Why the hell was that poor baby out that late?! Glad this ended well, it could have been a lot worse.

NoR_C... NoR_CaL_MoMmY

I live in a really, really small mountain community. Our school up here is K-6 and only has 170 students. Every one literally knows everyone. With that said I will go pay for gas with my kids in the car (not running) or occasionally run into our tiny post office if my older kids are in the car with my toddler (locked, alarm on and of course not running and I can see my car the entire one minute I'm gone , but my husband usually gets the mail so it's not often I do that) but I would never ever run into our little grocery store, video store, the coffee shop, a friends house etc with my kids in the car. Ever. And certainly not with the keys in and the car running. That's just dangerous, no matter where you live.



The fact that it was 12:30AM makes me think this mom was up to no good. I'm so glad the baby is ok. Kids are so innocent and it really is our job to keep them safe. I'm happy this story had a happy ending. I wonder how long the child was left in the car unattended?

nonmember avatar Cassie

I won't even leave my kids in the car to take the buggy to the buggy return. I take them and my keys with me.

nonmember avatar Anonie Begley

I have but only when my trained German shepard is there and she is in attack mode till I come back. and it's usually just to run and pay for gas and I lock my doors before I leave the car.

nonmember avatar ariel

To the idiots that say she went in the apartment watch the video she was standing outside close to car, being 12:30 in the am is not that unusual if you had been shopping after work and stopped to pick up or drop off friend; they didn't details to that. Quit assuming that she is a druggie mom, I can't stand when unfortunate crap happens and the first one to blame is the parent. I have 2 children and have left them in a running car to walk my friend to the door. Being that is not that far from the car.

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