(HOUSTON) — A jogger found an 8-month-old baby girl who went missing when her mother’s car was stolen early Monday in north Houston. Police released a sketch of her alleged abductor, who remains at large.
Genesis Hailey was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital to be checked out. Police said the baby was found to be OK and has been released to her mother.
An Amber Alert was issued for Genesis around 3 a.m. She was in her mother’s car when it was allegedly stolen from a Texaco at 1110 North Sam Houston Parkway West around 1:15 a.m.
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According to Houston police, the mother said she left Genesis in her Saturn Ion when she ran inside to pay for a soda. When she looked outside, her car was being driven away with her baby inside.
The Saturn was abandoned on nearby Greens Parkway near Fall Lake Road. Its license plates had been removed, and some items from inside were taken and dumped in a grassy area, but Genesis and her car seat were nowhere to be found.
Hong Nguyen was jogging in the 11300 block of Ella Boulevard near Gears Rd. in north Houston around 7:45 a.m. when she heard a baby crying.
She followed the sound of the baby’s cries and found Genesis, who was in her car seat amid some tall grass.
“I called 911 and, after about 10 minutes, two policemen came and they put the baby in the car,” Nguyen said.
HPD Ofc. Albert Pizana said Genesis’ pacifier was in the car seat with her. He wrapped her in his own shirt and put her in an ambulance.
“Being a father, I know sometimes babies like to be swaddled,” Pizana said. “We don’t have any blankets, so I decided to use my uniform shirt and that calmed her down.”
Police said she had some ant bites, and she was hungry and scared. Other than that, she was reportedly doing fine. She could have been in that spot for as long as six hours.
The Amber Alert was canceled. No arrests have been made.
Police are reviewing surveillance video from the gas station and from where they baby was left.
Houston police released a sketch of the suspect, described only as a black male in his late teens or early 20s. He was about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Anyone with information on this case, or on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
It’s unclear whether the mother will face charges. She said she left her car running to keep Genesis cool.
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