Family of Toddler in Back of Stolen Car Pleads With Thieves for Safe Return

The family of a 1-year-old boy that was recently abducted as he was in the back seat of a stolen car, has pleaded with the suspect to return their son home safely.

On Wednesday morning, the Clarkston Police Department in Georgia issued an Amber Alert for 1-year-old Blace Barnett after he was abducted from his home when a suspect stole a vehicle that he was inside of. Police said that he was inside a gray Ford Explorer and was wearing a "black shirt with blue dinosaurs on it." According to the Amber Alert, Barnett was abducted at around 1 a.m. local time.

Newsweek has used the spelling of the boy's name that was included in the police report. Some other local outlets have spelt the boy's name as Blaise.

According to a police report obtained by Newsweek, Barnett's mother, Deonna Bray told responding officers that her son was left unattended in the vehicle while her boyfriend brought groceries inside their apartment at 100 Montreal Road. Barnett's father first carried in his 3-year-old nephew and planned to return for his son after, the police report said.

While speaking with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barnett's father, Xavier, said, "I just kept saying this is a dream. This just can't be real."

"I just broke down. Please, bring him home. The car don't even matter, just bring my son home," the father added.

Barnett's mother, Deonna, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her son was only in the car alone, for "probably like 30 seconds."

"And within those 30 seconds he came back outside and the car was gone with Blaise in it," Deonna Bray told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Just bring my baby back, safely, unharmed. Just bring him back."

Bray continued, "Waiting, that is the hardest part...Not knowing. The waiting."

Bray made similar remarks while speaking with 11Alive news in Georgia, saying, "If he's cold, just keep him warm. I know he's crying right now. Don't get upset at the crying. He's just a baby. He doesn't know what's going on. He doesn't know who you are. Don't get irritated. I beg you."

According to the police report, when the suspect stole the Ford Explorer, they keys were not in the ignition but instead were in the nearby cupholder.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation also issued an Amber Alert for Barnett and posted a picture of him as well as the car that was stolen.

"Police are searching for a 2002 Ford Explorer, tag applied for sign in back window," the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a tweet.

The police report noted that officers were unable to locate the vehicle Barnett was in after checking surveillance cameras near the apartment.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday Clarkston police Chief Christine Hudson said, "This is now a nationwide search."

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A photo of 1-year-old Blaise Barnett, who was abducted after he was in the back seat of a car that was stolen on Wednesday morning. Barnett's father was taking groceries into the house when his vehicle was stolen. Georgia Bureau of Investigation/Twitter/Georgia Bureau of Investigation/Twitter