NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Police have now charged the parents of a baby who was left in an unlocked, running car, while they shopped for groceries at a Kroger in East Nashville Wednesday night.
News 2 has been following the incident at every turn since the report first came in around 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Metro police said after working with the District Attorney’s Office they have decided to charge Nolan Ishimwe’s parents, Ruhumuriza and Nyirankumi Mukunzi, with child endangerment.
Metro police have released a timeline of the events.
Investigators said parents arrived at the Inglewood Kroger around 6 p.m.
While they were shopping, a woman was caught on surveillance video getting into the car and driving off around 6:20 p.m.
Investigators said 40 minutes later, the parents returned to find their car and child missing, immediately calling 911.
Officer arrived about five minutes later at 7:07 p.m. to gather information to issue a report.
News 2 interviewed a witness to the dramatic moments parents discovered their child missing.
“I heard a blood curdling scream,” said Trina Myatt, who was at the scene while investigators searched for the baby. “It was right at the end of my car. Like they were at the trunk of my car. The husband was turning in circles. He was just turning in circles.”
Myatt continued, “The wife was screaming. She had both hands up, and people were starting to walk up asking ‘what’s going on?’ She never stopped screaming for about 45 minutes. It was just grief and terror on this little young couple.”
After reviewing surveillance video, Metro police requested the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issue an AMBER Alert., which went out around 11:30 p.m.
Investigators said the child was found safe in the abandoned car shortly after midnight. Metro police said a citizen called 911 to report the stolen Ford Focus was parked in the 900 block of Home Road.
The one-year-old was found asleep and unharmed.
Meanwhile, police are searching for Brandi Rhodes. The 33-year-old is a suspect in the theft of the vehicle and kidnapping of Nolan.
She is wanted for questioning in the case and also has an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor assault charge.
You’re urged to call Nashville Crime Stoppers if you have any information on this case. Callers remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. (615) 742-7463, (615) 74-CRIME.