Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
The car was stolen from the BP station located at 2471 McGavock Pike.
The vehicle was later found at the Lee Motel on Murfreesboro Road.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A three-year-old child is safe after being kidnapped during a vehicle burglary near the Opryland Hotel Monday evening.
Metro police said the car with the boy inside was stolen from a gas pump at the BP station located at 2471 McGavock Pike around 5:15 p.m.
The child's mother was inside paying for gas at the time.
A cashier who did not want to be identified told Nashville's News 2 the mother ran back into the market crying, "Oh my God, the car is stolen! My child, my baby is gone!"
The gas station worker called police and tried to comfort the young mother.
A Murfreesboro Road motel became the next chapter in the mystery about an hour later.
Investigators received a call that the young boy was safe inside the car at the Lee Motel several miles away.
The mother and her son were soon reunited.
The owner of the Lee Motel told Nashville's News 2 police did not suspect anyone at the motel of being involved in car theft or abduction of the child.
He said he had noticed an extra car in the motel parking lot that did not belong to guests and later that someone had called police from a nearby fast food restaurant about the car with a child inside.
Investigators did not say if the suspect knew the young boy was in the car when it was stolen.
A surveillance camera shows some of what happened at the pump, but the owner of the BP station says it did not reveal much for investigators.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Metro police said youth services detectives are handling the investigation.