'My Baby!' Woman Screams as Carjacker Drives Off with Son

Listen to the 911 call from a frantic Park Ridge mother last week after a man drove off with her 5-year-old son in the car.

Courtesy of the Park Ridge Police Department
Courtesy of the Park Ridge Police Department

The story, thankfully, has a happy ending. But the raw anguish in the mother’s voice is palpable in the five-minute 911 call to police after she saw a man drive off in her car with her sleeping son inside last week.

The Chicago Tribune obtained the 911 call from the breathless and frantic woman. “Oh my god, my baby,” she wails “My baby’s in the car.”

The 5-year-old was found safe inside the car a couple hours later in an alley in Skokie. Police arrested an Evanston 18-year-old two days later. He’s been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The mother, who is pregnant, was unloading groceries in her driveway when the man drove off with the car and her son. She jumped on the car’s hood and screamed at the driver, telling him her son was in there, according to the Tribune. He drove off and she then called police.

You can't handle the truth! February 27, 2014 at 05:01 PM
@ Jordan S. Zoot FYI this guy is not going to serve sixty years for this crime. This incident was one act one crime. Although he did get two charges the crime occured in one act. That means the time in DOC would be served concurrent not consecutive. Now if he was out on bond while he did this then that would be cause to serve consecutive terms. Understand? One act one crime. He could be extended term eligible depending on his history. But sixty years is never going to happen. I'm not saying he shouldn't get sixty years I'm saying he won't. That's all.
Grumpy Old Man February 27, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Where's Roy Bean when we need him most!
Jordan S. Zoot February 27, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Its entirely possible that he would be sentenced concurrently...however the judge certainly has discretion.... (c) Consecutive terms; permissive. The court may impose consecutive sentences in any of the following circumstances: (1) If, having regard to the nature and circumstances of the offense and the history and character of the defendant, it is the opinion of the court that consecutive sentences are required to protect the public from further criminal conduct by the defendant, the basis for which the court shall set forth in the record.
Leroy February 27, 2014 at 07:36 PM
Herc, how did u come to your comments after reading my post? This kids issues run much, much deeper than you know. Once again, I do not excuse what he has done, I just want to see him get the proper help. We all should want to see that. Shouldn't we?
Jackie Brown February 27, 2014 at 08:10 PM
As a parent,a Mother, this audio made my blood run cold. It put tears in my eyes because this Mom realized the possibilities of her child not returning to her. She made a mistake she will never recover from. She felt safe enough to leave the car running, maybe for heat for the child while she unloaded groceries, we are not perfect as parents, this incidence will perfect her parenting decision making skills. Please do not continue to hold her accountable and crucify her. Her accountability for her error resulted in her sheer terror for the safety and welfare of her child. The young man that did this crime will pay for his crime. I believe after any judge or jury hears the audio and the terror his actions caused, he won't be released soon. He made his choice when he decided to carjack a vehicle despite a kid being in the back seat or not. The risk of getting caught must have been worth the results of getting caught, he did it, so let him suffer the consequences of his actions.
Jackie Brown February 27, 2014 at 08:23 PM
David Dickson I agree. I would have held on to the hood for the life of my child and taken the ride of a lifetime. Leroy,offer him what help ??? He proved by his own action that he has no regards for another life. To hell with property, that's what insurance is for. A earlier post of this Mother's word said he pushed her as she grabbed the door screaming her child was in the car, then she jumped on the hood. He decided to drive off anyway. I feel this way, fuck him.
Local Resident February 27, 2014 at 08:44 PM
Let's be honest about the crimes happening in our local communities The criminals are becoming more brazen. Personal or property, safety has become a number one concern for everyone. We are in the suburban areas because we raised families here, some relocated, it is all for a sense of security away from the city and it's problems. I gotta side with those who feel, don't do the crime if you don't want the time( prison ) 18 or not, he had to know his actions came with a serious punishment. I have no sympathy for him at all. As Jackie said... F him.There are more productive people and things to focus on, like cleaning up our community.
Jordan S. Zoot February 27, 2014 at 08:59 PM
It truly too bad that the mother of this child had to go through what she did. However, I think there has been a productive exchange in this thread. I realize that I can come across as rather strident with respect to the concealed carry issue so let me try to offer a context. We all live in the same community and seem to want the same things. The ability to live, raise kids, and go about your life with a sense of personal security is a basic civil right just like the others. That right naturally includes the right to defend yourself and your family. The police can't be everywhere all the time as such, each of us has an obligation to be aware of our surroundings and take appropriate steps...hence the discussion about leaving a child unattended in a car. The same logic can readily be extended to someone breaking into your home in the middle of the night or accosting you as you leave your garage. The concept of being able to own a firearm to provide an effective means of self defense, provided that proper rules are followed and training is obtained is one option. I am by no means suggesting that it is the right option for everyone. There are some serious issues to be considered....you have to ask yourself if you are prepared to use deadly force if confronted with a life threatening situation. You have to be willing to accept the responsibility of properly safeguarding the firearm and learning how to use it properly. However, I would ask each of you to consider....would it help..even a little bit if one of the individuals that undertakes one of these violent crimes had to stop and ask themselves for a moment...is that person armed...with a concealed firearm they just don't know. A second and perhaps more important issue is that the community needs to undergo a mindset change....if you see something say something. The matter of concern you see on your neighbor's property could be on yours tomorrow. If everyone stops tolerating the behavior that facilitates some of this it is going end...this would be a good time to start to send a message.
Tantor February 27, 2014 at 09:01 PM
Let us not worry too much: Our authorities say crime is down in Evanston, so it must be true. And if outlets like Patch do not report crime, but only the wonderful things that happen in Evanston, we can continue to smoke our hopium (as columnist John Kass of the Chicago Tribune calls it) and pay our taxes and "fees" and elect the same local and state politicians, like the good chumbolones (again J K's word) that we Illinoisians are. If the authorities are wrong, and murders and rapes and car thefts and vandalism and graffiti are up, then FOID requests and Conceal Carry Training will continue to spike and those who teach firearms training are already ahead of the curve.
jack hess February 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Don't leave your car running with kids in the CAR! Years ago i pulled into the parking lot of White Hen on 167 and Forest Ave around 9pm. There was a car running with four little kids in the back seat of this vehicle, with no adult . The keys were in the ignition, windows were down. I turn off the engine, took the keys with me an walked into the White Hen. In a loud voice i stated who's owned the green Chevy. out in front of the store. A women replied that my car why? I produced my law enforcement credentials to her. I told by law she could be arrest for leaving the children in the running vehicle and placing the kids in negligence of dangerous situation. Anyone could jump into the car with the kids head for the expressway I-57, I-80 or 294 or 94. IT is against the law to leave any vehicle running with keys in the ignition. Vehicle with remote control starts are exempt from this law due to no keys are in ignition and the vehicle can't be put in to drive without keys in the ignition. In MOST States if you leave your vehicle running with keys in the ignition , you are LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE for the person that STOLE YOUR CAR! Your insurance co. does not have to cover you, due to your NEGLIGENCE. I still see people leaving there cars running with keys in the ignition. It only take a second to have some dirtbag to take your vehicle. DON"T PUT YOUR KIDS IN DANGER.
Grumpy Old Man February 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Tantor - crime is down everywhere! Just ask Rahmbo the Magnificent. He said it on Letterman, he says it everywhere.
Idont Givitout February 28, 2014 at 03:05 PM
Kudos @Jack, well said! Fry that foolish woman, enabling that poor defenseless young man. lets get that child to an orphanage where it will be properly cared for!
Grumpy Old Man February 28, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Hysterical. Insurance is to cover negligence so it doesn't have to cover you for your negligence. Actually, in Illinois the insurance company would decline coverage as the driver of the vehicle is a non permissive driver, was not the agent of the owner. A theft of a car is a criminal act which under Illinois law breaks the causal relationship - e.g. no liability to the owner (there is a limited exception which will be hard to prove). The injured person files an uninsured motorist claim against his/her own insurance company and against, but good luck, the driver of the stolen vehicle if he is caught. But Jack's post is valid because people should take their keys. My earlier comments were directed solely to the concept that the mother's leaving the keys in the ignition didn't excuse or justify, exonerate or ameliorate the punk's crime one iota.
Mildred February 28, 2014 at 03:27 PM
its not crime anymore. It's spats and borrowing a few things (not stealing)
Rick whatshisname March 02, 2014 at 07:44 PM
The idiot probably didn't know the kid was in the car. I'm not defending him, but thank God he had sense enough to leave it somewhere with the baby. This could had turned out a lot worst.
jim March 02, 2014 at 10:22 PM
Rick Whether he knew the kid was in the car or not ACTUALLY DOESN'T MATTER. He shouldn't have taken the car.
Rick whatshisname March 03, 2014 at 02:09 AM
S, you're missing my point. I stated I'm not defending him, as in not justifying his actions. My point is thank God at the end the kid was found safe. Please read carefully with some commonsense, don't just scan through if you're going to respond.
jim March 03, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Jordan S. Zoot March 03, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Well since Sheriff Dart is now advocating that individuals arrested rather than convicted of domestic violence be denied carry permits...my vote is the kid should have been pulled the car and hung from a tree right on the spot without trial....great to know that Cook County no longer believes in due process and no more innocent until proven guilty.....LYNCHING is likely to actually have a positive impact on crime in Evanston.
E. March 03, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Can people please stop debating whether the theif knew there was a child in the car? The article makes it perfectly clear that the mother jumped on the hood of the car while screaming that her "baby" was in the car. Pretty hard not to hear that. Also, what's up with Patch for never responding to my prior comment about their tabloid journalism? They chose to post posting a link to the victim's 911 call after the child was already rescued. That is in poor taste and serves no journalistic purpose, other than to further invade the victim's privacy for the sake of voyeuristic sensationalism. Is this Patch's journalistic policy? There is actually an IL law being proposed to restrict this gratuitious re-posting of 911 calls outside of amber alerts or legitimate criminal prosecution, so as to prevent unwarranted exploitation of the victim.
jim March 03, 2014 at 11:08 AM
911 Calls are played on TV News Programs quite often. Quite often they are after the reason for the call was solved.
E. March 03, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Yes, S, that's my point. It's a shameless grab for ratings. It can be intrusive & re-traumatizing for victims & their families, or dangerous for witnesses who may be reluctant to call 911 if they fear a perpetrator will recognize their voice. Allowing reporters to listen to tapes is fine, it's the public airing of personal trauma that I have a beef with. Reporters can read the transcript on air if they feel the content is really newsworthy. Several states have proposed or enacted laws along these lines. e.g., http://am.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/15/ban-911-calls-from-tv/
Rick whatshisname March 03, 2014 at 06:46 PM
S, I read it carefully. The baby was found safe, which was my point. What did I miss? If that was my kid... screw the car. All I would want is my kid back safe.
Rick whatshisname March 03, 2014 at 06:47 PM
E...if the window was up and he wasn't paying attention, perhaps he didn't hear.
jim March 03, 2014 at 07:22 PM
The mother, who is pregnant, was unloading groceries in her driveway when the man drove off with the car and her son. She jumped on the car’s hood and screamed at the driver, telling him her son was in there, according to the Tribune. He drove off and she then called police.
Rick whatshisname March 03, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Were the windows down? Was the door opened at the time she told him that? I give up... you win S! You're right, the important thing is not the baby was found safe, the important thing is he didn't listen. Gotcha S ;)
jim March 03, 2014 at 07:45 PM
how about he probably saw the kid in back seat when he got into car and again when he was backing car up. Just admit it Rick you think it was her fought
jim March 03, 2014 at 07:48 PM
fault not fought
Frank Leeza March 04, 2014 at 03:19 AM
People get so judgmental about these things. The mother made a mistake (which wouldn't even have been a mistake in a society with less crime). We all make mistakes, right?
Rick whatshisname March 04, 2014 at 04:19 AM
I agree Frank. I never did judged mom, all I've been trying to say is thank God the baby was found and safe. S somehow turned into a big thing!


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