Phone app helps police find child in back of stolen car (VIDEO)

By Maura Siriani
April 9, 2022

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says that last year 34 Amber Alerts were issued about carjackings involving a child.

A dramatic rescue by officers from Atlanta and the Georgia State Patrol was caught on body camera.

It started moments earlier when police said the child’s mother pulled into a parking spot at a Goodwill and left the car running. That’s when police say a man jumped into the driver’s seat and took off.

The woman quickly tracks her child’s location in the stolen vehicle using the Find My iPhone app.

From there, a helicopter and several officers join the hunt. And within minutes, the Atlanta police – along with other agencies – locate the stolen car and use a PIT maneuver to cause the vehicle to crash.

Weapons drawn; Officers take the suspect into custody. An officer ran to the 9-year-old boy to make sure he was safe.

Officials from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children say that last year 34 Amber Alerts were issued for carjackings involving a child.

In this situation, we don’t know if the suspect was aware the boy was in the backseat, but he faces charges of kidnapping, child cruelty and theft while taking.

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