A terrified Cranbrook mother has been reunited with her four-month-old child, after her vehicle was taken with the infant in it.
Cpl. Shane Parker with the Cranbrook RCMP says police believe the mother knew the suspect, and left her alone in the car with the child and the engine running.
“She did say it was an acquaintance of hers who was very intoxicated.”
It happened yesterday. Police say the mother had been driving from Trail to Kimberly, and had offered the woman a ride after stopping in Fruitvale.
She then stopped-in at a home in Cranbrook, and when she she came out, the car, the suspect, and the child were gone.
Parker says she called police, who found the car about 10 minutes later after someone spotted it driving erratically and called 911.
“The members [were] frantically looking for this vehicle as well. Probably within 2 kilometers they found her in the downtown mall parking lot.”
The 24-year-old suspect now faces charges of child abduction, impaired driving, and refusing to provide a breath sample.
But Parker says the mother could also face legal consequences, and the Ministry of Children and Family Development is involved in the case.
“They’re definitely going to be. As far as the child being left unattended is a concern of ours as well. She was left unattended with an intoxicated person, so that’s quite frightening.”
Police say the child was unharmed in the incident.