Child safe after car stolen from Nederland gas station

Child safe after a car is stolen from a Nederland gas station, with the 6-month-old still inside.

A 6-month-old baby was inside of a Chevrolet pickup truck when it was stolen Thursday morning from a Nederland gas station.

Officers responded and found the pickup abandoned in a nearby shopping center parking lot at Highway 365 and Highway 69. The infant was in the backseat of the truck, secured in a child safety seat and was determined to be unharmed, according to Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush.

The mother, a 24-year-old Bridge City woman who told police she was staying with a friend in Groves, said she drove to the Raceway in Nederland after feeding the baby around 1 a.m.

She went there for food and gas, according to Bush, and went inside with the truck still running.

While she was in the store, someone drove away in the truck.

Earlier, she observed a white Honda or Toyota parked near the truck with two men inside. After her car was stolen, she noticed only one man still in the car.

She told police that when she started screaming for help and said a baby was in the truck, the driver of the other car responded "Oh, there's a baby in the car?" before speeding off and chasing the truck.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Nederland PD at (409) 722-4965 or Crimestoppers at (409) 833-TIPS.

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