Baby from Am­ber Alert is found OK two hours later

In­fant in auto that was car­jacked is left in car seat four miles from theft

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Carrie Wells and Justin Fen­ton cwells@balt­sun.com

A woman was un­load­ing gro­ceries from her SUV in East Bal­ti­more on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon when an un­known man jumped in and drove away with the car, po­lice said.

In­side was the woman’s 11-month-old son. State po­lice is­sued an Am­ber Alert, and the child was found more than two hours later on a side­walk more than four miles away.

Omar Par­rine, 15, was walk­ing home from school in the Be­lair-Edi­son neigh­bor­hood of East Bal­ti­more. He was in the 3900 block of Shan­non Drive, a block from his house, when he spot­ted the baby’s car seat.

It didn’t reg­is­ter that there was an in­fant in­side un­til he heard a cry. At first, he said, he thought the baby was a Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tion.

“I don’t re­ally take that way home, but some­thing was telling me that I need to take an­other way,” Par­rine said. “If I had never found the baby, he could have been out there for hours. I was like, ‘That’s a bless­ing.’ ”

The in­fant’s mother told po­lice she was un­load­ing gro­ceries in the 400 block of Kane St. about 1:30 p.m. She had left her car run­ning, and the man jumped in and drove off.

Mary­land State Po­lice is­sued an Am­ber Alert about 3 p.m. ask­ing for help lo­cat­ing the white 2009 Suzuki XL7 SUV.

Par­rine found the boy about 3:30 p.m. He said a woman came upon the baby around the same time he did, and they called po­lice.

The baby’s face was red and he was scream­ing in the fall chill, Par­rine said. The woman picked the baby up to com­fort him while they waited for po­lice, Par­rine said. She cau­tioned him not to touch the car seat so as not to dis­turb any fin­ger­prints.

“Tears were com­ing down my eyes,” Par­rine said. “I was shocked that some­one would leave that baby out­side. I didn’t know that the baby was kid­napped, I just thought some­body left the baby out­side.”

Po­lice said the child ap­peared un­harmed but was taken to a hospi­tal for eval­u­a­tion.

The car was lo­cated about 6 p.m. in the 2700 block of Pel­ham Ave., about a mile from where the baby was found, po­lice said.

Po­lice said a ju­ve­nile was taken into cus­tody. No charges had been filed by Wed­nes­day evening.

Ed­wina Gar­nett, Par­rine’s aunt, said she stayed on the phone with him un­til po­lice ar­rived.

“My nephew felt re­ally bad,” she said. “He said it’s cold out here with the baby. Soon af­ter that, I re­ceived the Am­ber Alert on my phone, and then found out that it was the baby that was miss­ing.

“He was pretty re­lieved just to know that the baby was OK.”

KEN­NETH K. LAM/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

An in­fant who was in a car­jacked SUV was found un­harmed in his car seat, right rear, in the Be­lair-Edi­son neigh­bor­hood.

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