LENEXA, Kan. For the 2nd time in 2 weeks, a car was stolen with an infant inside. This time, it was a five-month-old who was found in the automobile, still sleeping when the automobile was recovered.
The car was taken from a Bank of America in Lenexa, while the mom and her partner were supporting it.
Cops say the mom, her boyfriend and their buddy were at the bank meeting somebody who was offering an automobile to the pal when a stranger jumped in the car and removed.
Lenexa CopsLaw enforcement agent Dan Friesen states leads in this case are slim, which they are depending on the publics help to find the guy who stole that car with the baby inside.
This is a crime that was dedicated against a child, and so we feel like its something individuals would desirewish to get included with, stated Ofc. Friesen.
The need for the general public’s assistance is heightened since the things authorities would typically do to find their suspect are not panning out. For circumstance, security video from the bank and the convenience store at 75th and Wornall where the automobile and child were discovered isn’t really helpful.
Unfortunately, the angle where this occurred wasnt caught really well with the electronic cameras. All they could see was the passenger side of the vehicle, Ofc. Friesen described.
Although video has been a failure identifying the suspect, it was technology that saved the day.
The mom of the youngster left her phone inside the automobile and it was turned on, Ofc. Friesen said.
Which he said allowed authorities to track the vehicle by tracking the phone.
That technology is very valuable to us and is enabled by the Kelsey Smith Law, he stated.
The Kelsey Smith act was enacted after 18-year-old Smith was abducted from a Target car park at 97th and Quivira on June 2, 2007. It took the cellular phone company 4 days to turn over the tracking information to police. Forty-five minutes later on, her body was found in the woods near Longview Lake, discovered since of her cellular phone.
“Kelsey’s Law” permits police instant access to cellular phone tracking information to respondreply to an emergency situation.
We couldnt use that legally if let’s say the automobile was taken, and there wasnt a kid inside. It has to be a serious emergency and certainly a child being kidnapped, although the individual may not have actually understood there was a kid within, it is still a kidnapping and might be a very unsafe situation, Ofc. Friesen said.
He says police are relying on the general publics assist to catch a kidnapper and keep the community safe.
We believe when people who dedicate these types of crimes would do this once, they may do it once again, Ofc. Friesen stated.
Cops have also selected up some prints from the vehicle and are wishing to create a lead from that analysis, which FOX 4 is told will certainly take a minimum of a few days.