SACRAMENTO, CA - A young boy is OK, say authorities, after his mother's car was stolen with him inside.
The scare happened a little before 5:15 when the child's mother went to her older child's school on the 2800 block of Eastern Avenue to pick up that child. She told Sacramento County sheriff's deputies she left her 5-year-old son in the unlocked car with the engine running, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman.
The mother came back out to the parking lot about five or six minutes later to find her car and child gone. She went back inside the school to use its phone to call 911. She told deputies when she went back outside about two minutes later, she saw her boy standing in an adjacent business parking lot about 30 feet away, Bowman said.
She ran to her son and also saw her car in the parking lot. The engine was still running but her purse was gone.
The boy was able to give a description of the kidnapper, saying he had a tattoo on his arm.
The initial assumption is the car thief probably didn't realize there was a child in the car and made a quick decision to abandon both, according to Bowman.
The suspected kidnapper fled on foot toward Marconi Avenue. It wasn't clear if deputies were still looking for the individual.