This 3-Year-Old Helped Police After His Mother's Car Was Hijacked
Elizabeth Barrios faced a mother's worst nightmare yesterday when she watched her car, with her son Aiden inside, speed away. Barrios immediately ran inside her son's daycare center in Salt Lake City and dialed 911. According to CBS News, police dispatch radioed, "There's a 2012 white Mazda 3 stolen from the parking lot of a daycare. There was a baby in the backseat."
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When Barrios called 911 she informed them that her cell phone was in the car with her son, and the thief. Responding officers used this information to quickly come up with a plan, one that would require Aiden's help. Police called Barrios's cell phone in hopes that someone would answer. Lieutenant Tim Scott, of the Ogden City Police Department, said, "The 3-year-old possibly could answer it…or the suspect, himself, could answer the phone."
Seconds later, Aiden answered the cell phone, which helped police locate the vehicle. Once he heard Aiden's voice, the suspect abandoned the car in a parking lot a few blocks away from the daycare center. Police tried to get the boy to explain where the car was, but knowing he was far too young to give a helpful description, they came up with a new strategy.
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"If she's still got contact with the 3-year-old, can she tell him to start honking the horn?" officers asked Barrios. And that's what she did, in hopes that someone on patrol in the area would hear the noise. A few minutes later, they found the car where Aiden was safely inside.
Barrios said she was proud of her son, and happy he was unharmed. Aiden was awarded "honorary junior police officer" for the day because of his bravery.
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