GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Garden City toddler was found safe in an abandoned vehicle after Amber Alert was issued around 7 a.m. Sebastian Bautista was unharmed. No suspect was located.
At approximately 5 a.m., the mother of 14-month-old Sebastian placed him in her 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe with license plate 336FWK to take him to the babysitter.
She went back into her home briefly and then saw the vehicle leaving her driveway with an unknown suspect driving.
If you have other information on the suspect, call 911 or the Garden City Police Department at (620) 276-1300.
As for the Amber Alert, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said it operated efficiently. Sedgwick County was not one of the counties chosen to alert using the Wireless Emergency Alerts. The WEA system allows officials to target emergency alerts to specific geographic areas.
Here is the list of counties that were alerted for the Amber Alert: Finney, Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Mitchell, Lincoln, Ellsworth, Rice, Reno, Kingman, Harper, Barber, Pratt, Stafford, Barton, Russell, Osborne, Rooks, Ellis, Rush, Pawnee, Stafford, Edwards, Kiowa, Comanche, Graham, Trego, Ness, Hodgeman, Ford, Meade, Gray, Clark, Haskell, Seward, Stevens, Grant, Morton, Stanton, Hamilton, Greeley, Kearney, Wichita, Lane, Gove, Scott, Logan, Wallace, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, and Ness.
According to Kids and Car Safety, this year alone they have documented 50 children who were taken in a vehicle that was stolen.
Tips for parents:
- Never leave a child alone in a vehicle, not even for a minute.
- Utilize drive-thru or carryout services that don’t require you to leave your vehicle for pickup
- If a business doesn’t offer curbside delivery, call upon arrival and ask them to bring your order to your car. Most people are more than happy to accommodate when you tell them you have small children.
- Keep car doors locked any time you’re sitting inside a parked car.