CORONA — Police were searching for a man they said stole a car in Corona last weekend with a 2-year-old child asleep in the back seat.
The NYPD said a woman was double-parked at the corner of 108th Street and 49th Avenue just after midnight Sept. 7 while she entered a bodega across the street and left her toddler in the back seat.
The woman came out of the store to see a man get into the vehicle and drive off, heading north on 108th Street, with the child still in the back seat, according to the NYPD.
The car was found two hours later at the corner of 98th Street and 47th Avenue, about 12 blocks from where it was stolen, with the child still in the back seat uninjured, police said.
The keys were missing and the doors were locked, but emergency responders were able to retrieve the 2-year-old.
The child was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for observation, but police said the toddler suffered no apparent injuries.
The suspect, who was still being sought by police as of Wednesday, was described as a 5-foot-9 male with an average build, wearing a white T-shirt and a baseball cap, the NYPD said.
Police were still investigating the incident but said the mother would not be charged.