A Lubbock family has their toddler back after a terrifying ordeal caused by a careless mistake. It's a tough lesson learned for parent Chris Vestal.
"I was in the house for 2 seconds 3 at the most," he said.
However, that's all it took for the unthinkable to happen.
"I'd seen someone jump in my car and bolted that way. I ran across the street I was going to chase them, and the same time I was dialing 911 trying to tell them, which way they were going."
It wasn't the car Vestal was concerned about. It was his two-year son Mikah who was in the backseat.
"I thought I was going to pass out," he said. I just couldn't breathe."
So, the search was on for 2-year-old Mikah and the stolen car. After a short pursuit, police stopped the car off Loop 289 and Quaker. Police took 17-year-old Jontel Perry into custody, but 2-year old Mikah was nowhere to be found.
"When we were talking to the police officer, and they pulled the car over. He wasn't in it. So then right then and there I just broke down and started crying," Vestal said.
However, minutes later police received a call about a child found in the parking lot at 2800 Genoa.
"I was happy that they found him."
Lubbock police report Perry had dumped Mikah at some apartments prior to her arrest.
"I never want that to happen to nobody."
Mikah was reunited with his family Wednesday night, and Vestal said this is one lesson learned.
"Man, it don't matter if you're running in the house for a second to get a drink of water, take your kid with you and take your keys," he said. Man, I mean, I could care less about the damn car, they could have totaled it, kept the damn thing, but my son, man, that's the worst thing ever."
Perry is charged with aggravated kidnapping, unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and endangering a child.