4-year-old scares woman after she steals car with two children insideBy Mason White 11:23 AM July 8, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A woman was left shaken up after she stole a car with a 4-year-old and a 13-month-old inside.
Police said a Missouri woman “freaked out” when she realized two children in the back seat of the car that she had just stolen.
Cynthia Brown, 37, of Fair Grove was charged Monday with three auto theft felonies after she stole the car with the children inside. The children’s father parked his car and went into a thrift shop, leaving his two young children in the car with the keys in the ignition.
According to court documents, Brown jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the area with the 13-month-old girl named Harmony J. Blue and her 4-year-old brother in the car. As she drove away, the 4-year-old boy said “hi,” to the woman, scaring her, only then did she realize that there were children in the car.
According to the court documents, the woman panicked after the boy started talking to her. She accidentally sideswiped a vehicle nearby, but she continued driving away. The woman then stopped the car and left the 4-year-old along with the father’s cell phone at the side of the road.
The child was found by a passerby about two to three blocks from where he was dropped off. Police said Brown finally abandoned the vehicle with the baby still in the back seat in Springfield. The car was found by a family member about seven hours after the car was taken.
The baby was unharmed, although it is unclear how long he had been inside the vehicle before being found abandoned.
The 4-year-old was subsequently questioned by investigators at the Child Advocacy Center. When asked to describe the woman, the boy said she was an “ugly white lady.”
Police received an anonymous tip and Brown was arrested.
Brown was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and tampering. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment. She is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view