(MCT) — An 18-month-old girl who was left in a running car that was stolen from a parking lot in Bensenville early Thursday was found hours later, still strapped in her car seat in the back of the black Buick, police said.
The car was found abandoned, about a mile from where it was stolen, and Kimberly Delgado appeared safe and unharmed, police said.
"She was still bundled up," Bensenville police Chief Frank Kosman said.
The mother was reunited with the girl while paramedics checked the toddler at the scene, he said.
"She was very happy," Kosman said. "She was crying and hugging the child."
An Amber Alert was issued after the mother left Kimberly in the car while she went into an apartment building in the 900 block of West Irving Park Road in Bensenville about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, police said.
"A subject walked out the foyer and walked directly to her car parked directly in front of the foyer ... and drove away," Kosman said.
Kosman said he had no reason to believe the man knew the child was inside, and police continued to search for him. The suspect does not live in the apartment building, but police believe he knows people who do, he said.
"We have good leads," Kosman said.
The Buick was found parked in a driveway in the 1100 block of Argyle Street in Bensenville about 6:45 a.m. after a neighborhood resident saw the unfamiliar car there, police said.
Police described the suspect as Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches, 35 to 40 years old, heavy build, black hair and no facial hair, with a dark complexion and wearing a red sweater.