Car stolen with child inside has been located, girl OK

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A car stolen from a Salt Lake apartment complex Tuesday prompted an Amber Alert that ended a few blocks away.

According to authorities, a woman had left her 3-year-old granddaughter in the car while she ran into the management office at Eagles Landing Apartments along Redwood Road.  The car was left running, and as the toddler slept, police said someone jumped in the driver’s seat and took off.

“Very scary -- I was shaking,” said Aura Avela, the girl’s great aunt.

Avela was not there at the time, but said her sister immediately called her and police around 5 p.m., at which point they issued an Amber Alert. Not even an hour later, they found the car abandoned along the side of the road at 900 S. 1500 West.

“It’s scary for everyone involved,” said Det. Greg Wilking spokesman fore Salt Lake City Police Department.

An officer found the child in the backseat of the car unharmed. While police have not identified a suspect, they do not believe the person intended to abduct the 3-year-old girl.

"They just came up and took the vehicle and probably realized a short time later, ‘Oh no, there's a child in this car,’” Wilking said. “It was probably a scary surprise.”

The little girl’s mother is currently in the hospital and was not aware of the incident.  The family was relieved it ended the way it did.

“Thank God,” Avela said.


  • John

    What the hell was a baby left in the car alone is the bigger question. And the parent of the year award goes too….

  • nancy

    And the grammer of the year goes to YOU! Judge not and you shall not be judged. It’s “to” by the way, not “too”.

    • John

      Hey thanks Melanie Gibb Nancy for putting me in my place and being a total d bag. Thank god for people like you that spell check and correct grammar on posts. Thank you so much. I’m sure you are a blast at social events and on all the invite lists so you can brow beat everyone for sentence structure. Please get your red pen out and correct this post to prove my point. So you are ok with leaving a baby alone in a car? Thanks for the chuckle.

      • Melanie

        Well I actually didn’t spell check because I spelled grammar wrong. But I am so sick of people posting on social media of their judgment on others. Like you’ve been perfect you’re whole life and never made a mistake? But we all feel so great to post our opinions and cast judgements on people. The family reads these posts you know. I’ve read terrible comments on people who’ve died. Casting blame and judgment. Aren’t we all so great. Maybe we all are “d” bags as you so nicely put it. Merry Christmas.

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