Yet another reason not to leave a kid in a car unattended...
Thank God this story has a happy ending. It could have ended up much worse.
The mother ran into a gas station to pay quickly but left her daughter in the car. While at the register she looked up and saw her car driving away. A short time later the police found the car abandoned. The license plates had been removed and the car seat with the baby was no where to be found.
Later that afternoon Hong Nguyen was jogging in a wooded area when he heard a baby cry and saw some movement in the bushes. He investigated and found the baby alone in her car seat. He brought her out in the open to make sure nothing was wrong with her and called the police. She was immediately taken to the local hospital. The baby was fine and only suffered a few bug bites. She was reunited with her mother shortly after that.
The suspects who took the car have not been found and I don't know if they'll be any charges brought against the mother.
We're always worried about heat stroke when a baby is left in a car, but I feel like people often think "it's only a second, I'll be back before it gets too hot" or "I'll leave the air on, he'll be fine." We forget that cars are DANGEROUS. They can be stolen, ran into by other cars, roll down a hill, or a million on things. Leaving a baby alone in a car can only take a second to become a tragedy.