NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A 5-year-old little boy who was in the backseat of a car when it was stolen from a home has been found safe.
Police said the boy was located just before 8 p.m. Tuesday at a truck stop on Old Hickory Boulevard near Interstate 24 in Antioch. Officials said the child was found wandering around alone at the truck stop. The child was not injured and was returned to his parents.
Toni Lutrick was the person who found the child at the truck stop.
"My husband saw this little boy coming towards us in the parking lot parking and I turned around and when I looked down I saw him sobbing hysterically and I said 'I'm going to help you,'" she explained. "I took his hand and we walked through Burger King and the whole length of the thing and I promised him I wouldn't leave him until we found his mom."
Officials said that the parents of the child that was kidnapped had gone to a home on Bentfield Drive to pick up another child. When the parent went inside to pick up the other child, the 5-year-old was left alone in the car and that's when the suspects stole the car.
Police recovered the stolen car at the truck stop, but have no leads to where the car thieves turned kidnappers might be. But investigators don't think they just let the boy out in the truck stop parking lot.
"They dropped the child off in the area, where exactly the child was dropped off is in question right now. It looks like the child walked from whereever they dropped him off to the TA truck stop," said Metro Police Captain David Imhof.
Police plan to interview the child Wednesday morning to get as much information as possible about the people who took him.