Toronto police searching for stolen auto with child inside

"Our priority here is to get this little girl back safely and by approaching the vehicle we may scare the suspect into driving more erratically and this could end tragically".

The mother of four-year-old Christina Nyuyen had strapped the child into her seat, and then had gone back inside to collect a second child. The girl was inside the vehicle when it was recovered and is doing OK, police say.

"We just receive positive information", said Det.

Nguyen's parents had placed the girl in the auto, with the engine running, while they went inside the house momentarily to retrieve another child.

"She's OK, but we're going to double check that by having an ambulance come by and making sure 100 per cent".

Police said they had no information whether the suspect had any connection to the Nguyen family, but Dhillon said it appears to have been a crime of opportunity in which the suspect spotted the auto with the keys in the ignition.

There doesn't appear to be a family issue in this case, police said.

Earlier in the day, police said the theft of the vehicle appeared to be a crime of opportunity rather than an abduction.The auto had been left running when it was stolen. Around 7:30 a.m. police issued an Amber Alert, which is used to make the public aware of circumstances in which a child may be in danger.

"Do not leave your children in your auto", he said.

"Do not leave your children in a vehicle alone".

If observed call 911 or Toronto Police service immediately. Police again warned parents to never leave a child in a vehicle unattended.

  • Rogelio Becker