A little more than two hours after a Valrico, Florida toddler was abducted in her mother's stolen SUV, the young girl was found safe along with the stolen car.
On Tuesday, February 16, at around 3 p.m., a young woman experienced a parent's worst nightmare — her one-year-old daughter, Tinnley Sage West, went missing.
Young Tinnley was abducted while she was asleep in the backseat of her mother's 2018 Volkswagen when a still-unknown suspect slid right into the driver's seat of the unlocked, running vehicle.
A car hijacking taking place. | Photo: Shutterstock
Tinnley's mother left the car running and unlocked as she quickly dashed inside a house on the 2600 block of Green Valley Street in Valrico, Florida.
Thankfully, the young girl has been found. An Amber Alert was put out to search for her by air and land. A little more than two hours after, Tinnley was located approximately three miles from the house where she was taken.
Sheriff Chad Chronister said: "This is the best possible outcome we could have asked for, and it brought us a tremendous amount of joy and relief." Tinnley was found inside the stolen vehicle.
The suspect left the SUV abandoned at the St Andrews United Methodist Church, at 3315 S Bryan Road. The one-year-old was found unharmed and then returned to her parents after the state-wide amber alert was called off.
As seen on the surveillance video captured from a neighboring house close to the house Tinnley's mother entered, the suspect is believed to be a thinly-built black male.
The suspect was dressed in a white t-shirt and a pair of jeans and is still at large. Although everyone was relieved that the infant was found, the Sheriff also implored the public to remain watchful to help catch the suspect.
Chronister added that they were thankful that the suspect did the right thing, but he would still have to face the consequences of his actions.
Young Tinnley is not the only infant to have been lost and found in such a manner recently. A 5-month-old baby was abandoned on the side of the road by a car thief in Sunnyside, Houston.