1-Year-Old Found Safe After Carjacking

UPDATED 06/23/11 11:06 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — There was a frantic search early this morning for a car stolen at gunpoint on the city’s South Side, with a 1-year-old boy in the back seat.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song and and WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser report, police said Angela Moffett, 21, was carjacked around 4:30 a.m. at 71st Street and Calumet Avenue, near Meyering Park. She had just gotten off work at a nearby restaurant when she was accosted.

“Somebody just basically pulled a gun out on me and robbed me, took all my money, and that’s basically it,” Moffett said.

The carjacker ordered Moffett to get out, and drove off with her 1-year-old son, Jeremiah, still sleeping in the back seat.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports

For two hours, police searched for Moffett’s 2001 black Hyundai Sonata. Finally, they were able to locate it by tracing Moffett’s cell phone, which she had left in the car.

The vehicle turned up in an alley on the 500 block of East 70th Street just blocks from where it was taken.

The baby was found, unharmed, in the back seat.

“He was OK. He was still in the back seat asleep,” Moffett said. “I thank everybody for, you know — I’m not going to say helping me find him, because actually my phone did it — but I will say giving me support and everything throughout this, because it was real terrifying. And I hope that they get caught, because they actually tore my care up, but materialistic things aren’t everything. I’m glad my son’s back, and that’s all that really matters.”

Police escorted Jeremiah and his mother to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was checked out just as a precaution.

After leaving the hospital, Moffett talked to reporters on the porch of her home, then went inside to be with her son and family after a very long morning.

The carjackers remained on the loose as of 11 a.m.

  • Roberta Waker

    What was she doing out at 1 am with a one year old in the first place? Maybe they should give more info in this story instead of leaving so much to the imagination. Hope they update it with more facts and the car is found with the little one safe and sound.

    • Vanessa

      One other thing…read the facts! She was not out at 1:00 a.m.

      • Roberta Waker

        Sorry, it was 4:30 a.m. You never made a typo?

    • cubster

      If you read the story, she was coming home from work…at 4:30am Perhaps she picked the toddler up from a babysitter or relative and was going home. Maybe you should learn how to read!!!

      • Roberta Waker

        Sorry, guys, but the ORIGINAL story did not say she was coming home from work. Maybe you should calm down and not jump on someone when YOU don’t know all the facts. Isn’t this for comments? I just love people that like to criticize others – they are so insecure.

      • Vince

        Thank You,Cubster.

  • Vanessa

    Why are you concerned about the time that she was out and not the fact that the baby was found safe and unharmed. Get a life and stop looking for negativity!

  • L

    This is great news! I am so happy for mom and sweet baby.

  • seriously

    basically the cellphone did all the work? she really said that? I guess in her mind who needs cops.

    • Roberta Waker

      She’s happy she had a cell phone, I guess. Sometimes cell phones can be used for good. Thankfully the baby was found unharmed and they have been reunited for a happy ending.

  • HUH

    Odd way of being grateful to the police for the help in finding her child “giving me support and everything throughout this” Let’s dial up all cellphones so we can finally find all the criminals out there.

  • chicago sucks eggs

    this is a tragedy
    why are so may people commitiing crime
    im moving to zimbabwe

  • cathy

    PEOPLE committing crime. KIDS committing crime against people. The really good news is that once they discovered there was a child in the car, they ditched the car without even waking the child. THAT is the good news. I do wonder, however, why the baby was in the car at 4:30 – maybe she had just picked up the baby from whoever was babysitting – but if she lives with family (so it seems), why wasn’t the baby at home with other family members? The point is this – why do we always find a way to blame the victim?

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