A Georgia toddler has been reunited with his family after he was abducted Wednesday morning from a Clarkston apartment complex.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday afternoon that 1-year-old Blaise Barnett has been found safe. So far, there’s no word on who abducted the child, but officials said he was found at a home off of Rogers Street in Clarkston, less than a mile from his own home.
According to 11Alive, witnesses saw a GBI spokesperson carrying Blaise, who was crying at the time, from the residence. The Clarkston Police Department then transported the child to a local hospital with his parents in tow.
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We are happy to report that baby Blaise has been found safe. pic.twitter.com/Zdb4pwyWyF
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) November 11, 2021
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Blaise was in his car seat in a gray 2002 Ford Explorer when someone stole the vehicle from his home at the Parc 1000 apartments off of Montreal Drive in Clarkston. He was last seen wearing a diaper and black shirt with blue dinosaurs on it. He also had a grey blanket wrapped around him.
During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Clarkston police officials confirmed that the stolen SUV had been located. According to AJC, a tipster found the Explorer at the Brannon Hills Condominiums, a vacant complex off of Memorial College Avenue. The toddler’s car seat was still inside the vehicle and the keys were found inside a cupholder in the SUV.
Blaise’s mother, Deonna Bray, said she went grocery shopping early Wednesday morning with Blaise and his father, and their 3-year-old nephew. Blaise’s father brought the nephew and groceries inside the apartment first, while leaving Blaise inside the vehicle.
Within a minute, someone jumped in the Explorer and drove away, with Blaise still inside.
“He was in there for probably like 30 seconds, maybe, and within those 30 seconds he came back outside and the car was gone with Blaise in it,” Bray told AJC.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Clarkston Police Department at 404-557-8956 or 404-292-9465.
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[Feature Photo: Handout/GBI]