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Alarming Number of Cars Stolen with Kids Inside

.jpg photo of kids and cars graphicThings can go wrong in mere seconds
when a child is left alone in a vehicle

#Vehicles Are Not #BabySitters

Cars are being stolen with children alone in the back seat all over the country far too often and in some of the most unexpected places. Families are being traumatized and expensive AMBER Alerts are being issued as a result of these easily preventable incidents.

Last month, KidsAndCars.org documented 17 children (+ 4 cases involving dogs) who were taken in a stolen vehicle, one resulting in the tragic death of a teen.  In 2019, KidsAndCars documented over 200 children taken in stolen vehicles nationwide.

Thieves watch for vehicles to be left unattended with the engine running or the keys inside.  Most of the time, they don’t realize that there is a child inside until after they have stolen the vehicle.  Car thefts happen even in the safest neighborhoods, outside homes, convenience stores, grocery stores, daycares, restaurants, etc.  It only takes a few seconds for a car thief to jump into a vehicle and be gone.  Children and pets should never be left alone inside of a vehicle, not even for a minute.

“Although the victims of these types of incidents typically survive, it is incredibly distressing for everyone involved.  Because this is easily preventable, we can avoid the unnecessary trauma and use of precious law enforcement resources by simply never leaving children alone in vehicles.” said Janette Fennell, president and founder of KidsAndCars.org.

On February 6, a 13-year-old Wichita, KS girl was dragged to death trying to escape the backseat of her family SUV that was stolen while her family went inside to grab food.

Below are the details on the cases KidsAndCars.org documented last month.

02/28/21 – Chicago, IL – Children 5 & 7 – Parked on street, kids called Mom from tablet, found shortly after.

02/24/21 – Renton, WA – Girl 5 – Grocery Store, AMBER Alert, found unharmed.

02/17/21 – Cleveland, OH – Girl 3, Boy 4 – Parked on street, thief left Children along road nearby.

02/16/21 – St. Paul, MN – Children 2 & 4 – Apartment, thief left children outside in cold.

02/16/21 – Valrico, FL – Girl 1 – Driveway of residence, found 2 hours later.

02/15/21 – Honolulu, HI – Infant – Gas station, found along road shortly after.

02/12/21 – Madison, WI – Child – Restaurant, thief abandoned child in car nearby minutes later.

02/09/21 – Columbus, OH – Boy 4 mos – Daycare, AMBER Alert.

02/09/21 – Cayce, SC – Girl 2, puppy – Hotel circle drive, found 3 hours later 11 miles away in car.

02/07/21 – St. Paul, MN – Girl 6 – Walgreens, thief left girl in car a few blocks away.

02/06/21 – San Francisco, CA – Girl 4, Boy 1 – Residence, AMBER Alert issued, children found 4 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Minneapolis, MN , Boy 1 – Church, AMBER Alert, found nearby 2.5 hrs later.

02/06/21 – Wichita, KS – Girl 13 – Restaurant, FATAL

The cost of car theft.

In 2018 alone, 748,841 vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $6 billion according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

AMBER Alerts and extensive search operations for car theft kidnapping cases have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.   One estimate out of Memphis, TN reported the cost to be over $71,000 in the search for a missing baby taken in a vehicle in March, 2018.

Most importantly, the safety and well-being of children is priceless.

State Laws

There are currently 21 states that have laws making it illegal to leave children unattended inside vehicles.  However, it is important for parents and caregivers to understand that in any state, a person can face child endangerment or neglect charges for leaving a child alone in a vehicle, even if the state does not have a law specifically making it illegal.

Additionally, at least 30 states and some municipalities have varying laws making it illegal to leave vehicles running unattended.  These are commonly referred to as anti-idling laws and also help protect the environment.

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved.  Call 911 immediately.  If the child is in distress, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.
  • Utilize drive-thru or curbside services that don’t require you to leave your vehicle.
  • If a business doesn’t offer curbside delivery, call upon arrival and ask them to bring your order to your car.  Most people are more than happy to accommodate when you tell them you have small children.
  • Keep car doors locked every time you step away from your vehicle and any time you’re sitting inside a parked car.
  • Understand that a running vehicle can be driven away even if the key fob is not inside the vehicle.

Car Theft Video PSA:  http://youtu.be/mTa98jQfYTg
 
There are far too many devastating tragedies that could have easily been prevented had a child not been left alone in a vehicle.  Besides being abducted during a car theft, children are injured by knocking cars into gear, suffer from heatstroke, become strangled by power windows and seat belts, start car fires, exit the vehicle and are run over, etc.
 
For more information on the dangers children face when left alone in vehicles, please visit our website. 

 

 

Amber Alert – El Paso TX Cancelled

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According to police, the two missing boys were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Amber Alert lifted after two El Paso
children are found in Juarez

EL PASO, Texas  –  KFOX14 has received permission from Dayanna Narvaez, a friend of the children’s mother to use the image of the reunion between Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.

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Leonardo Ortega and Matias Carrillo reunited with their mother after they were found safe in Juarez, Mexico.

According to police, the two missing boys, who were believed to be in immediate danger, were found safe and unharmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Police say Ortega, 8, and Carrillo, 2, were unharmed and returned to El Paso early Sunday morning.

The children have been returned to their mother by U.S. marshals and the FBI.

Authorities said no arrests have been made at this time and the investigation continues.

Police said they were looking for Justin Carrillo, 26, in connection with the children’s abduction Saturday morning.

Carrillo was believed to be driving a black, 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Texas license plate number KYR4562.

Amber Alert – El Paso TX

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Matias Carrillo, 2, and Leonardo Ortega, 8, abducted in the El Paso area who were last seen at 5 a.m on June 29.

Amber Alert issued for two boys, ages 2 and 8, abducted in El Paso

Posted: 1:20 PM, Jun 29, 2019 Updated: 31 minutes ago

EL PASO, TX  —  An Amber Alert has been issued for two boys abducted in the El Paso area who were last seen at 5 a.m on June 29.

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Leonardo Ortega is 8-years-old and a white male with black hair, brown eyes. He is 3’9″ tall and weighs 65 pounds. He may be wearing a white shirt, underwear and navy blue crocs.

Leonardo Ortega is 8-years-old and a white male with black hair, brown eyes.  He is 3’9″ tall and weighs 65 pounds.  He may be wearing a white shirt, underwear and navy blue crocs.

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Matias Carrillo is 2-years-old and a white male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 3’0″ tall and weighs 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray onesie.

Matias Carrillo is 2-years-old and a white male with black hair and brown eyes.  He is 3’0″ tall and weighs 50 pounds.  He was last seen wearing a gray onesie.

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The suspect believed to have abducted the children is Justin Carrillo.  Carrillo is a 26-year-old white male.  He weighs 190 pounds, is 5’10” tall and has hazel eyes.

The suspect believed to have abducted the children is Justin Carrillo.  Carrillo is a 26-year-old white male.  He weighs 190 pounds, is 5’10” tall and has hazel eyes.

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Carrillo, 26, may be driving a 2003 black Hyundai Elantra with Texas License Plate number KYR4562.

Carrillo may be driving a 2003 black Hyundai Elantra with Texas License Plate number KYR4562.

If you have information, call 915-832-4400 to report information to the El Paso Police Department.

AMBER ALERT – San Antonio TX Called Off

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AMBER ALERT – San Antonio, Texas called off.

Missing Texas toddlers named in Amber Alert found safe

SAN ANTONIO, TX   –  An Amber Alert for missing twin toddlers who authorities fear were abducted in San Antonio was canceled Thursday afternoon after U.S. marshals found the twins safe.

Kinsley and Kolby Hernandez, 3, were found in Florida.

Details of their disappearance were not released.

The Amber Alert, issued just after midnight Thursday morning, said authorities believed the children were “in grave or immediate danger.”

Leslie Hernandez, 38, with whom the twins were believed to be, was in custody Thursday afternoon.

AMBER ALERT – San Antonio TX

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AMBER ALERT – San Antonio, Texas

AMBER ALERT:  Police searching for 2 abducted San Antonio children

SAN ANTONIO, TX  –  An Amber Alert has been issued for two children that police say were abducted in San Antonio.

Police are looking for Kinsley and Kolby Hernandez.  The 3-year-old children are believed to be with Leslie Hernandez, who police say is connected to their abduction.

Leslie is driving a silver 2010 Chevy Suburban with Texas license plate JGG-2909.

The children are both described as being Hispanic, standing at 3 foot 3, and weighing 38 pounds.

Leslie, 39, stands at 5 foot 8, weighs 215 pounds, has red/brown hair and brown eyes, and a yellow butterfly tattoo on her shoulder.

If you have seen them, you are asked to call police.