ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A 3-year-old girl is safe after a police officer found her abandoned in a parking lot.
Officials sent out an Amber Alert for 3-year-old Caraline Leon-Alcocar Saturday after the car she was in was stolen.
Police say the girl’s mother was filling up water jugs in Albuquerque, New Mexico when a man jumped in the car and drove off. Caraline was inside.
After hours of searching, police finally spotted Caraline sitting alone in a cold parking lot. It was just after 1 a.m. Sunday KRQE reports.
Officer Chris Poccia says he was driving through the parking lot when he saw something strange on the ground.
“I was using my spotlight and I saw a ball of purple, in the middle of the parking lot and I thought that’s weird and I drove into the parking lot and I could tell it was a kiddo,” said Officer Poccia.
His body camera captured the entire moment. In the video, you can hear him say, “Hi sweetheart, you okay? Come here, come here, I know, come here.”
Officer Poccia had been searching with the motorcycle group Guardians of the Children. You can hear them cheering when the girl was found.
Caraline was taken to a nearby hospital.
Officer Poccia says he was calm during the rescue, but got emotional on his way home that night.
“I’ll be honest. On my way home, I started crying too. I was just very happy and thankful that we were able to find her,” said Officer Poccia, a father of three.
Police are still searching for the girl’s abductor.