Girl, 5, reunited with mother after thieves steal car with her inside

Surveillance video shows suspects carjack vehicle with sleeping child inside

WOLCOTT, Conn. (WFSB) - A 5-year-old girl from Connecticut has been reunited with her mother after the car she was sleeping in was stolen while her mother was inside a gas station.

Mother Deserea Morris stopped at a gas station in Wolcott, Connecticut, around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. She left her 5-year-old daughter, who was asleep, and her 11-year-old son, who was on crutches, in the running car while she went inside.

Within minutes, surveillance video shows a blue Kia drive up next to Morris’ car. A suspect jumps inside her car and drives off, hitting another vehicle.

The 11-year-old boy jumped out of the car, but the 5-year-old was still inside. In the video, the boy could be seen running after the vehicle as the suspects sped out of the parking lot. He then alerted his mother to what had happened.

“My son came in the store, screaming that my daughter was taken,” Morris said. “I thought I was gonna die. It was the worst feeling ever.”

Police immediately started searching for the car and young girl inside. An all-points bulletin was issued, and an Amber Alert was being processed.

About two hours into the search, police found the car with the 5-year-old sleeping inside. The girl was not injured and was reunited with her grateful mother.

“I’m holding my daughter. I’m still shaken, and I’m just so happy to hold her and kiss her,” Morris said.

Morris says she learned a lesson from the incident and will be taking her kids inside stores with her from now on.

Police found fingerprints and DNA evidence in the recovered vehicle. If the suspects are found, they will be charged with two counts of kidnapping and two counts of risk of injury to a minor.

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