A 5-month old baby in her car seat was left on a Macon sidewalk Thursday night after being kidnapped when her mother left her behind in a car on Chappell Street in Macon.
Chardae James told investigators she left the infant with the air conditioning and motor running inside her Toyota Scion while she went inside a house at about 9:45 p.m., according to a news release from the Macon Police Department.
When she came out about 10 minutes later, her car and baby were gone.
Police scoured the city for the stolen Scion and received a report about a baby abandoned on Elm Street, a few blocks away.
Officers retrieved the baby, who was still in her car seat with a baby bottle beside her.
Other units spotted the stolen car.
Backup officers helped stop the Scion, and police arrested 29-year-old Demorio Ferguson, who has been arrested nine other times, according to the release.
Police took him to the detective bureau for questioning. Ferguson was charged with kidnapping as well as theft by taking and is being held in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center.
Macon Police Chief Mike Burns commended and hailed as heroes those who brought about the safe return of the baby, including E-911 operators.
Burns said the incident should serve as a reminder to never leave a child in a vehicle unattended, nor should anyone ever leave a car running even it it’s only for a short time.
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