Family thankful to woman who helped find baby inside stolen car

Family thankful to Knoxville woman who helped find baby inside stolen car

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Police say a suspect stole the 2004 black Dodge Neon with the baby inside around 6:30 a.m. at the Weigel's located on the 1700 block of Merchants Drive. Police say a suspect stole the 2004 black Dodge Neon with the baby inside around 6:30 a.m. at the Weigel's located on the 1700 block of Merchants Drive.
Margaret Jefferies saw the car in the parking lot of the Hardin Valley McDonald's and called 911. Margaret Jefferies saw the car in the parking lot of the Hardin Valley McDonald's and called 911.
"I kept saying, 'What was that license plate number? What was that license plate number?' And  about that time, the DJs came back on and described the car, and there it was," said Margaret Jefferies. "I kept saying, 'What was that license plate number? What was that license plate number?' And about that time, the DJs came back on and described the car, and there it was," said Margaret Jefferies.
"She was still asleep, still tucked in, so I just thank God nothing happened," said the child's grandfather Greg Hubbard. "She was still asleep, still tucked in, so I just thank God nothing happened," said the child's grandfather Greg Hubbard.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The mother and the grandfather of the baby who was inside a car stolen from a Knoxville gas station Friday morning say they cannot express enough gratitude to everyone involved in finding the child.

Police say a suspect stole the 2004 black Dodge Neon with the baby inside around 6:30 a.m. at the Weigel's located on the 1700 block of Merchants Drive.

The fast work of law enforcement and the media to get the description of the car out to the public helped lead the way to a Good Samaritan spotting the car and the baby in the McDonald's parking lot.

The child's grandfather, Greg Hubbard says it all happened in a matter of seconds.

"Things happened quick. She parked in front, walks into the ATM, before she even made it there, she turned her head, she's watching the car and all of a sudden it's gone," said Hubbard.

He saw the coverage on the news and knew something was wrong.

"[I was] looking at the news, happened not five minutes after she left. I'm seeing this, the car and knowing she just left. It just gives your chills."

Thankfully, Margaret Jefferies was also listening to the news Friday morning as she pulled in to the Hardin Valley McDonald's.

"It was really surreal. I thought how weird would that be? A black dodge neon," she said.

Listening to Star 102.1 on the radio, she knew it was the car.

"I kept saying, 'What was that license plate number? What was that license plate number?' And  about that time, the DJs came back on and described the car, and there it was."

With 911 on the phone, she approached the still running vehicle, and inside was the baby still asleep.

"I don't know if it was just the mama instinct. You don't think about the danger. I was just thinking that mother is absolutely devastated. The car is nothing, but where is her baby? And it never entered my mind to be afraid," she said.

The family couldn't be more thankful that everything turned okay.

"She was still asleep, still tucked in, so I just thank God nothing happened," said Hubbard.

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