AN ALBUQUERQUE MOTHER WENT THROUGH A HARROWING NIGHTMARE WHEN SHE DISCOVERED HER CAR HAD BEEN STOLEN, WITH HER THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER STILL REMAINING INSIDE.
According to locals, the mother was loading jugs of water right beside the car when the carjacker stole the vehicle from a grocery store parking lot on a Saturday evening. Her daughter had been sitting in the backseat.
The car was later found abandoned, but without the woman’s daughter, Caraline Leon-Alcocar, inside. Albuquerque police began a frantic search for the missing three-year-old.
OFFICER CHRIS POCCIA HAD BEEN SEARCHING CLOSED LOCAL BUSINESSES WITH HIS SPOTLIGHT WHEN CARALINE’S PURPLE COAT CAUGHT HIS EYE. CAPTURED IN A DRAMATIC VIDEO, THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE OFFICER CARALINE WHO HAD BEEN FREEZING BY HERSELF IN THE PARKING LOT.
“Hi sweetheart, you okay? Come here, come here,” the officer says in the video.
It was 1 a.m. when Officer Poccia found Caraline, and she had been missing for five hours.
“You could tell she was just really scared and really cold,” Officer Poccia told reporters.
But overall, the little girl was thankfully unharmed.
Nevertheless, the experience caused the officer to break down in tears when he returned home.
“I was just very happy and thankful we were able to find her,” he said.
The search for the car thief continues, but once apprehended, the police plan to charge them with kidnapping and child abuse. But thanks to Officer Poccia’s diligent search and attentive eye, Caraline was returned to her mother safe and sound.
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