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2-year-old found in stolen vehicle in Corona

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A missing toddler was returned to her mother after the stolen vehicle she was taken in was found in Corona early Sunday morning, police said.

The two-year-old child, Gabriella, was found at 47-14 98th St., with no injuries, in a blue Hyundai rental car that was taken by a thief around 12:30 a.m., according to authorities.

The child’s mother was said to have left the car running with the child in it as she quickly went inside a food store on 108th Street and 49th Avenue to buy diapers, according to published reports. As she came back out of the store her car and Gabriella were gone.

Police then went on a citywide search for the vehicle and the thief, believing the suspect deserted the car once he realized the toddler was inside of it, the Daily News said.

Around 2:00 a.m. officers found the car, which appeared to have shattered windows, but Gabriella was unharmed, cops said.

The mother is not facing any charges at this point in the case, officials said. The investigation and the search for the car thief are ongoing.

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