A Kentucky infant was found safe only minutes away from where his mother’s car was carjacked on Thursday night. Henry Flores, a 20-day-old infant, was in the backseat of the family car when his mother went inside the gas station with her other child to pay for gas. According to Local 8 Now News, the car was stolen from the gas station located in Florence. Video footage from the gas station shows the individual that stole the car jumping into the vehicle and speeding off.
Once the mother realized her car was stolen, she had the police notified. The authorities soon put out an amber alert. It is that amber alert that led to the safe return of this young infant. Two women, Megan Lewis and Jenny Ford, spotted a car that matched the description of the vehicle from the amber alert at the same time. They also saw the baby in the backseat.
Once they spotted the car, each of the women called the police and the authorities came to the gas station in Fort Mitchell where the car was spotted. The infant, Henry, was asleep in the backseat. According to NewsMax, Lewis talked about how she found the car with local media.
“When I pulled in on my way to work, I thought, ‘There’s no way that’s the car.’ And I saw the license plate. I saw those three zeroes and without those three zeroes I probably wouldn’t have known it was the car. And I looked at her and we were like, ‘Are we seeing the same thing?’ but it was the car and the baby was still inside.”
Lewis also admitted that she had joked with her mother before she left for work that evening that she was going to find the baby. Her jest ended up being the truth. The other woman, Jenny Ford, said that she was “excited that the baby got reunited with his family.”
There was video footage of the car being abandoned at the second gas station, but the thief covered their face with the hood of the jacket they were wearing as they left the gas station. The police are still investigating the incident. A fingerprint and other DNA evidence was left inside the car.
It is possible that the mother may also be charged for leaving her baby in the car, but the police are still making a determination about that at this time. The 911 call audio revealed that the mother had left the car running when she went inside the gas station.
As for Henry Flores, he was seen by medical personnel after he was found. He was not injured in any way during the two hours he was away from his mother. According to the video footage, the car thief dropped off the car with the infant inside just 10 minutes after he stole the vehicle. It is likely the driver noticed the sleeping infant in the back seat, and this prompted him to abandon the car.
This is not the only amber alert that has aided in the quick recovery of a missing infant. The Inquisitr reported in November about a teen mother that took her baby from her foster home. The infant was dependent on medication, and the mother did not take that medication with her.
An amber alert was issued after the police were called in. The teen mom, identified as Desirae Nicole Davidson, dropped the infant off with a friend in Virginia and left. After the amber alert was issued, the friend saw the alert on the news and called police. The infant was returned to the foster home, and she was fine.
The infants in both of these cases can thank people that paid attention to the news and stepped in to help when they could.
What do you think? Should the mother of this Kentucky infant be charged in this case?
[Photo: YouTube Screenshot]