HOUSTON, Texas — A Houston-area couple has been charged with child abandonment after police say they left an infant in their running vehicle while they played an 8-liner machine in a convenience store in the north Houston area overnight.
Around 12:05 a.m., on January 13, 2020, Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an in-progress call at the Shell Gas Mart at 14103 Homestead Road in the north Houston area, south of Humble, Texas, for a woman who called 911 and said her vehicle had been stolen and her 16-month-old baby was inside.
The woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Kimberley Cook, originally told deputies she and 29-year-old Anthony Blue had left their child in the vehicle as it was running to enter the store and, when they walked back outside, their Chrysler 300 was gone.
"Deputies learned in the investigation that Cook and Blue entered the store to play 8 liner machines around 11:30 p.m., and would periodically check on the infant as it slept in the running unlocked car," read a statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Two men, identified by police as 19-year-old Vincent Leon Cannady and 18-year-old Jabari Jonathan Davis, allegedly saw the car running and stole it, according to the sheriff's office.
The men left the child at McGregor Park in the 5200 block of Calhoun Street where the child was later discovered by a park ranger.
The Chrysler 300 was located near Loop 610 and Highway 225 a short time later and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle stopped in the 1800 block of Candlelight Place where Davis and Cannady were arrest without further incident.
The Houston Police Department was called after the park ranger discovered the child near the playground of the park. The child was transported by EMS to an area hospital for observation and is in good condition, according to police.
Davis and Cannady were charged with auto theft and felony kidnapping. Cook and Blue were charged with child abandonment.