GOOD NEWS WATCH: Cop Finds Toddler Freezing in Parking Lot After Carjacking
Dramatic video captured the moment an Albuquerque police officer found a three-year-old girl freezing all alone in a parking lot after being dumped by a carjacker.
"Hi sweetheart, you ok? Come here, come here," the officer says.
Caraline Leon-Alcocar was in the backseat of her mother's car when someone stole it out of a grocery store parking lot Saturday evening.
The car was found abandoned without the toddler inside, setting off a frantic search.
Officer Chris Poccia was sweeping closed local businesses with his spotlight when Caraline's purple coat caught his eye. At that point, it was 1 a.m. and she'd been missing for five hours.
"You could tell she was just really scared and really cold," Poccia told reporters. But otherwise, she was unharmed.
He said the experience caused him to break down in tears when he got home.
"I was just very happy and thankful we were able to find her," he said.
Police continued the search for the thief, whom they plan to also charge with kidnapping and child abuse.