An 18-month-old child taken during a carjacking Sunday morning in Kansas City has been found safe in Belton, according to police, and a suspect is in custody.
The child was taken about 11 a.m. during a carjacking near 35th Street and Prospect Avenue, according to Capt. Stacey Graves, a Kansas City police spokeswoman.
A woman told police that a carjacker forced himself into her vehicle and then forced her children out of the vehicle. But the woman’s 18-month-old child remained in the vehicle as it sped away.
“The suspect disregarded pleas from the victims to get the male child and fled the scene,” Graves said.
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Surveillance video from the nearby Mid-K Beauty Supply shop shows the man, accompanied by an unknown person, enter the SUV and force the children from it before driving away. The mother gives chase on foot, eventually hopping inside a taxi to pursue the carjacker south on Prospect.
About an hour later, Belton police reported that they had found the vehicle with the child safe inside in their city.
The child is safe with police, Graves said. A suspect was taken into custody in Belton.