Car thief ditches baby

, Posted: Tue, June 24 2014 at 9:27 AM, Updated: Wed, June 25 2014 at 9:58 AM

Houston, Texas --- (KPRC)  An Amber Alert has been canceled after a missing 8-month-old baby was found safe, abandoned in a vacant lot in Houston, Texas.

Authorities say the baby, Genesis Haley, was in her mother's car when it was stolen early Monday morning at a Texaco Gas station in north Houston.

Houston police say at around 1 a.m. Monday the baby's mother left the sleeping baby in her running vehicle to go inside the convenience store. She then saw a suspect get into her vehicle and drive away.

Several hours later Hong Nguyen was jogging when she heard a baby crying in some brush.  She then called 911.

"I was very worried. It was scary," she said.

The mother first chased her vehicle, but when the suspect would not stop, she frantically ran back into the store trying to tell the clerk and other customers what happened. Houston police said they reviewed surveillance video from inside the gas station and after the car was stolen the baby's mom ran back inside and frantically tried to get someone to help and to call 911. Her phone and keys were inside the stolen car.

Appearing to be frustrated, police said, because no one appeared to help her, she left and ran the few blocks to her apartment. Neighbors told Local 2 she kicked down her own door, went inside and called 911 herself. An Amber Alert was issued shortly thereafter.

"This girl right here takes real good care of her baby. I see her everyday," said Ellery Moore, who lives across the street from the mother. "She never lets that baby out of her sight."

Investigators said the mother parked close to the door and went inside for only a few seconds, but that was all it took for someone to hop in and steal the car with the baby inside.

Police recovered the green 2004 Saturn Ion at 1400 Greens Parkway around 3:30 a.m., but the baby was not inside. According to police, the vehicle’s license plates had been removed and baby items had been thrown out of the vehicle.

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