A Texas mom who left car running with her baby inside, is relieved after a thief leaves the vehicle parked with the child still inside. KPRC's Courtney Gilmore reports.
Terron Henry says he’s no hero, just relieved he found a missing Houston toddler alive and well inside a stolen Jeep abandoned in an alley behind his restaurant Friday morning.
This photo provided Friday by the Texas Center For The Missing shows Evan Montgomery Lamar Miller. The 18-month-old boy went missing after an SUV was stolen from a Walmart parking lot in Houston with him strapped in the back seat.
“It terrified me,” Henry told msnbc.com on Friday. “I saw this green Cherokee parked in the middle of the alley, which is unusual, so I walked up to it and when I looked inside -- I saw the baby.”
"The baby had his eyes closed. I was hoping he was not dead, because it was so cold outside," Henry said. "I ran back to call police because I wanted permission to take him out. They said yes.
"I took him out of the seat and then he opened his eyes, they went wide open. He started looking around. He was not crying, but there were tears," Henry said.
Houston police had issued an Amber Alert Thursday night for missing 17-month-old Evan Montgomery Lamar Miller, who was inside an SUV stolen after his mother had gone inside a Walmart to use an ATM machine.
According to KPRC-TV in Houston, the child's mother told Houston police she had pulled up to the shopping center's parking lot about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and left Evan and her 7-year-old niece inside the vehicle. She told police she had left the engine running because it was cold outside and she didn't plan to be but a few minutes.
Investigators said that while Evan's mother was at the ATM inside the store, she saw a man wearing all black get into her SUV.
The woman said her niece jumped out of the car and the car bandit then took off in the 1996 vehicle with a "Baby on board" sticker in the back window.
"As I'm running out, I saw my niece running toward me screaming my name and my car going down the road. I dropped everything and ran toward the car," Niah O'Neil told KHOU TV, a CBS affiliate in Houston, on Thursday evening. "My son was in the car and I just want my son back. I don't care about the car."
Houston police issued the alert and searched without success -- until Henry called the following morning.
Henry, owner of the Cool Runnings restaurant in the southwestern part of the city, said he stepped out into the back alley for an early morning smoke when spotted the vehicle.
"He felt good in my arms," said Henry, who is a father of a 14-month-old daughter.
Henry said he placed his coat around the child and brought him inside his restaurant, where both waited for police officers.
Evan was taken to Texas Children's Hospital, where he was in good condition, according to Houston media.
"I am just happy that he is OK," Henry said.
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