An Amazon delivery driver in Dallas rescued and helped return a baby that was abandoned on the side of the road to a nerve-wracked mother after a car theft this week.
Juan Carlos Flores was on his daily delivery route on Monday when he saw a baby’s car seat on the side of the road, as was recorded on home surveillance footage acquired by ABC News. When Flores approached the car seat he found a 5-month-old infant inside.
“When I saw that baby, I wanted to cry,” he told local outlet ABC 13.
A father himself, Flores knocked on the door of the nearest house and told the neighbor inside what he’d found. At first, the neighbor was incredulous.
“They told me, ‘Are you kidding me?’” Flores told the station.
But when he showed them the baby, the neighbor immediately took the child indoors, covered him in a blanket, and called the police, Flores told the outlet.
He said that he then continued on his route and soon spotted officers searching for the child, according to ABC 11. He led the officers back to the house and stayed to see that the baby was reunited with his mother.
The child’s mother lived in an apartment complex about a mile away. She’d strapped her son in the car and was about to drive away when she went back to her front door to check if she’d locked it. When she turned back, the car was gone, KFVS 12 reports.
Surveillance footage shows the car thief stopping the vehicle and dropping the baby in the car seat on the side of the road before driving away. The infant remained there for the next 20 minutes. “About six” vehicles drove past before Flores stopped, Mirna Garcia, the owner of the surveillance footage, told ABC 13.
Monday was trash collection day, so presumably, most drivers figured the car seat was left there to be picked up, Garcia said.
As for Flores, he said he is just glad he was able to help the infant to safety.
“[It’s] the best thing that’s happened to me in my job,” he told ABC News.
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