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Video: Thief abandons stolen car after discovering child inside

Four-year-old Jarren Griffin clings to his father after an encounter with a car thief Thursday, May 30, 2013.
Four-year-old Jarren Griffin clings to his father after an encounter with a car thief Thursday, May 30, 2013.
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Updated: 5/30/2013 2:56 pm
ATLANTA (WSB-TV) -- Atlanta police say a woman was putting air in her tires when a man stole her car with her child in the back seat.

The victim, Hilary Grotewold, told officers she pulled up to put air in her tires at a Race Trac gas station and left her 4-year-old, Jarren Griffin, in the car just before 8 a.m.. She said as soon as she bent down, the SUV sped off.
Grotewald told Channel 2's Wendy Corona she did not hesitate to jump on the hoodand yell and the thief that her son was inside the car. She was thrown from the SUV, but continued to chase the thief down Marietta Boulevard.

She chased the car to a CVS down the street, where the thief abandoned the car with the boy safely inside, police said.
"A man jumped in my car and he went off over there and he take my mommy's phone and my mommy's purse," Jarren told Corona.

Construction workers in the area said the car thief was last seen running down Marietta Boulevard toward La Dawn Lane.

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whosaysnocan - 5/30/2013 6:00 PM
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Thankful that the child is safe. I know how difficult it is to have to make what we consider a quick stop to something as benign as putting air in tires, but as a parent whenever I had to do anything with child in vehicle, child was at my side or locked in vehicle. It can seem obsessive but whenever one is responsible for children one must think about the consequences of inattention where children are concerned. I know some will say, "I cannot watch them all the time." YES YOU CAN AND SHOULD. It is the most exhausting thing anyone does. When children are present EVERYTHING else is set aside. They do sleep, go to school, day care, visit others, but when they are with you, that is the PRIORITY! No excuse. Not even having to go to the bathroom.
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