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Police search for suspect who stole car with 20-day-old inside

Henry Flores--baby taken when car was stolen at Florence gas station (Photo: Tom Grau/Florence Police Department) Henry Flores--baby taken when car was stolen at Florence gas station (Photo: Tom Grau/Florence Police Department)
Police confirmed that they found the baby, Henry Flores, in the car at a gas station in the 2200 block of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) Police confirmed that they found the baby, Henry Flores, in the car at a gas station in the 2200 block of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
Mother reunites with child. (FOX19/D.Smith) Mother reunites with child. (FOX19/D.Smith)
The baby was found at a Marathon Gas Station (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) The baby was found at a Marathon Gas Station (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A mother's kiss and gentle touch mean a lot more Thursday night to the family of Henry Flores. Flores, who is just days old, went on the ride of his young life in the back seat of the stolen car that's now marked as evidence.Florence Police located the missing 20-day-old that was taken in a stolen vehicle from a Florence gas station Thursday.

According to police, they found the baby sleeping inside the car at a Sunoco gas station in the 2200 block of Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell.

Police say the baby was in a car at the Speedway Gas Station at 7819 US-42 in Florence around 4:05 p.m. when the mother got out of the car and took her two-year-old child into the gas station to pay, leaving the infant behind. An Amber Alert was issued shortly after.

An unknown suspect who police say was wearing a black coat then got in the car and drove away. 

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Surveillance video from the Sunoco were the baby was found shows the man abandoning the car at 4:31 p.m. However, police say the time stamp was wrong and a more accurate time would be 4:16 p.m. 

Two bystanders say they recognized the vehicle from the Amber Alert and notified police.

"I was driving down Dixie Highway and I was getting on the expressway right here, and as I was driving down, I saw that car sticking out, and I'm like, 'I wonder?' It was just weird how it was kind of sticking out a little bit,” said Jenny Ford, who spotted the car at a gas station on Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell.

Ford and another woman were both pulling into the parking lot at the same time when they saw the car.

"I was in the right lane so I just pulled in real fast, and I was like, 'I'll just check, just in case.' I freaked out and I looked over at her and I was like, 'Are you here for the same reason as I am,' and she's like, 'I'm calling 911,'” said Megan Lewin, who also saw the car parked in the parking lot.

According to officials, Flores was found 100 percent okay and was reunited with his mother inside the Fort Mitchell gas station.

"He was sleeping under his covers. The car was actually still warm," said Ford.

"The person can't be far because the car was still warm," said Lewin.

The investigation is far from over as police are trying to answer the big question of, “Who stole the car?” They don't have much of a description of a suspect, but they are reviewing surveillance video from the Fort Mitchell Sunoco gas station where the car was found and speaking to witnesses.

Police say the determination of whether the mother will face charges will come as the investigation continues.

But, as for the child, he's just fine.

"I'm just so glad that the baby was very healthy and fine,” Ford told FOX19 NOW.

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