Suspected shoplifters stopped in their tracks after baby falls out of getaway car

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "Just hearing about it makes your skin crawl. It's just horrible what people do to children, " said Tawny Elam after she heard Kansas City police stopped two suspected shoplifters in their tracks after one of the women and her 4-month-old baby girl both fell out of the suspects' apparent get-away car.

"That's just nuts. Some people shouldn't have kids in my opinion, " shopper Bill Thompson told FOX 4's Robert Townsend.

Police say around noon on Thursday the women stole several items from a Target store in the Chouteau Crossings strip mall near North Chouteau Trafficway and Cleveland. Investigators say the pair dashed outside and then hopped in a white Ford Fusion that was waiting for them. However, cops say one of the women and her baby fell out of the vehicle because a rear door wasn't properly closed.

Investigators say the male driver immediately sped off and left the mother and child behind.

"I can't imagine what some people do with their kids in tow, " says Stacey Haag, who was also in the area at the time of the incident.

Police say the male driver and the second female suspect didn't get far. Officers quickly surrounded their white vehicle in another nearby parking lot and arrested all three suspects.

While police say the baby girl wasn't hurt, paramedics still took her to the hospital to be checked out.

"If you're going to steal, leave your kid at home. How stupid. Thank goodness the baby's okay," said shopper Stacey Haag.

As of Thursday night, the baby is still in the hospital and the three suspects are in jail awaiting charges.



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