A Bensenville mom had quite a scare early Thursday morning.
Kimberly Delgado left her 18-month-old daughter in the car with the engine running while she made a quick stop at an apartment building. When she came back out, however, the car was gone, the Chicago Tribune reports. An Amber Alert was issued shortly after.
It was about 12:40 a.m. on Thursday when Delgado reportedly walked into the apartment complex lobby, leaving her daughter in the running car. Witnesses said a man then walked out of the lobby, hopped in the car, and took off.
An Amber Alert was issued and police began searching for the stolen vehicle. The search ended at around 6:45 a.m. when a resident reported an unfamiliar car parked in a Bensenville neighborhood.
The 18-month-old girl was sitting in her car seat, and appeared unharmed, according to authorities. The suspect was no where to be found.
If apprehended, it’s unlikely the suspect will be charged with kidnapping. Under Illinois law, a person commits kidnapping by knowingly and secretly confining someone against their will through the use of force or deceit.
According to authorities, the man had no reason to know there was a child in the car. Therefore he probably lacked the knowing intent to kidnap the child.
Instead, the suspect will probably face a felony theft charge if captured. Theft of property valued between $10,000 and $100,000 is a Class 2 felony in Illinois. If convicted, the suspect could get anywhere from 3 to 7 years in prison.
According to authorities, the suspect didn’t live in the apartment complex. He’s been described as a 30 to 40-year-old Hispanic male who is about 5’4″ and has a heavy build.
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