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The search for 1-year-old Blaise Barnett has ended. 11 Alive News reports the toddler was found safe at a home less than a mile from where he went missing early Wednesday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed Blaise was found safe more than 24 hours after he was taken in the family's stolen SUV.

A woman in a home on Rogers Street called police to say she saw the baby in her car outside her home in Clarkston.

She did not know how the 1-year-old got inside her car and she didn't say if she left her car doors unlocked.

A GBI spokesperson was seen carrying the crying baby outside the home on Thursday, 11 Alive News reports.

The baby's parents said they were unloading groceries from their 2002 Ford Explorer around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. They returned to find someone had driven off with the SUV and the baby inside.

Police located the SUV abandoned behind a vacant apartment complex about a mile away from the family's residence in Clarkston. There was no sign of the baby or his car seat inside.

No arrests have been made in the case.
 

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A vehicle connected to missing 1-year-old Jaclyn "Angel" Dobbs was found abandoned in Missouri, 2 days after her mother was murdered.

The toddler was reported missing Tuesday, Nov. 9, after police discovered the body of 21-year-old Ja'nya Murphy in her Wheeling, Illinois apartment.

Police conducted a welfare check on Murphy after she failed to show up to work Tuesday or contact her family. The family said they last heard from Murphy on Monday.

Murphy's body was discovered late Tuesday night when officers climbed onto a balcony and entered her home at the Hunt Club Apartments at 356 Inland Drive.

There was no sign of forced entry, and Murphy's 1-year-old daughter, Jaclyn, was missing, according to Deputy Police Chief Al Steffen.

Police believe Murphy was targeted and her murder is not a random crime.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Jaclyn. She was believed to be in a maroon 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan.

The SUV was found abandoned in Missouri, but the toddler was not in the vehicle, police said.
 

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The search continues for 1-year-old Blaise Barnett who was allegedly abducted in an SUV from a Clarkston apartment complex on Montreal Road at 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The grey 2002 Ford Explorer was allegedly stolen while Blaise's parents unloaded bags in front of a Clarkston apartment complex at 1000 Montreal Road.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued hours later for Blaise, who was wrapped in a blanket while wearing a black shirt and a diaper with no pants or coat on a chilly night in northeast Georgia.

Blaise's parents calmly explained they carried a 3-year-old nephew and some "bags" into the apartment while leaving Blaise sleeping inside the running SUV.

When they returned for their son, Blaise and the SUV were gone.

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The SUV was found abandoned a few miles away at a vacant apartment complex in Clarkston around noon Wednesday. There was no sign of Blaise or his car seat inside the SUV, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

The family passed out flyers and held a vigil for the child's safe return on Wednesday night.

"I'm covered in emotions. I'm sad. I'm mad. I'm angry. I'm hurt," the boy's mother Deonna Bray told the crowd.

"I've never been away from him like this where it's like I don't know where he's at... so I'm hurt."

"Bring him home. He is no harm," she said earlier in the day. "He is the sweetest boy in the world and if he is crying it's because he is not with me. He is going to keep crying 'til he gets with me."

Late Wednesday night, Bray had another message for whoever took Blaise.

"If he's cold, just keep him warm. I know he's crying right now. Don't get upset at the crying. He’s just a baby. He doesn't know what's going on. He doesn't know who you are. Don't get irritated. I beg you."

"This is now a nationwide search," Clarkston police Chief Christine Hudson told reporters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Police in Georgia are still searching for a missing 1-year-old boy who was strapped into the backseat of a stolen grey Ford Explorer.

An Amber Alert was issued for Blaise Barnett early Wednesday, an hour after someone stole the SUV with him in it.

The child was in his car seat while his parents were unloading grocery bags at 1 a.m. Wednesday at the Parc 1000 apartments on Montreal Road in Clarkston, Georgia.

The keys were left in the ignition and the engine was running.

Xavier Barnett, Blaise's father, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had just carried his 3-year-old nephew into the apartment, and when he returned for his son, the SUV was gone.

"I just broke down. Please, bring him home. The car don't even matter, just bring my son home," he said.
 

Police found the abandoned SUV Wednesday afternoon, 11 hours after it was stolen. But the child is still missing.

The SUV with paper tags was located at the vacant Brannon Hills Condominiums complex along Memorial College Avenue.

James Dent told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man walking in the area, which drew his attention to the stolen SUV.

Dent said he tried to approach the man, who ran off shouting. Clarkston police found the man and questioned him, but later released him.

Social media users expressed their doubts about the case on Twitter.com.

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College Park Police said Officer Ivory Morris is in stable condition at Grady hospital in Atlanta after a teenager ran over him with a stolen SUV.

Morris told a WSB-TV reporter he looked directly into the teenagers eyes and chose not to draw his service weapon because he didn't want to kill someone's kid.

Morris said he was moonlighting at a part-time job at 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he received alerts that a stolen vehicle was in his area.

"I said, 'If it comes back to College Park,' I said, 'We on it,'" Morris told WSB.

"I was looking in that kid['s] eyes. I was like, 'I don't want to hurt this kid.' I didn't want to take nobody's kid away from them," Morris said.

He went to the Hilton Garden Inn at Millenium Center and spotted the stolen automobile in the parking lot, WSB-TV reported.

Morris saw a 15-year-old boy standing near the SUV. When the boy spotted Morris, he walked away from the vehicle. The 17-year-old boy behind the wheel sped away in the SUV, as Morris struggled with the 15-year-old.

At some point, the 17-year-old returned, and the 15-year-old jumped on the hood of the SUV -- with Morris still holding him.

"When I was on top of that car, I had my other hand free to reach for the gun. But I said, 'I don't want to. I don't want to pull it,'" Morris told WSB-TV.

The driver jerked the wheel of the SUV, sending both Morris and the boy sprawling on the ground.

Morris said that's when the driver intentionally ran over both of them and sped off.

The officer suffered a fractured leg and other internal injuries. The 15-year-old boy was also injured and hospitalized.

Morris' supervisor said he had every right to use lethal force against the 17-year-old driver who hit him with the SUV, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Morris said he was willing to sacrifice his life so a mother wouldn't mourn her kid.

"I was thinking, 'These are somebody's kids,'" he said.

The 17-year-old driver is still at large.

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Atlanta mayoral candidate Antonio Brown was nearly killed Wednesday when four boys, ages 7 to 11, stole his Mercedes Benz in broad daylight.

The Atlanta city councilman was attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony in northeast Atlanta around 12 noon when four boys jumped into his car, FOX 5 Atlanta reported.

The white Mercedes-Benz coupe had a keyless push-to-start ignition and Brown didn't realize the car had started, he said.

Brown struggled with the 11-year-old driver and held onto the door handle as the boy hit the gas. The Councilman was dragged one city block before he let go of the handle. He was not injured.

Brown doesn't plan to file charges against the kids, who he says acted out of desperation, Atlanta's WSB-TV reported.

"This is a generational poverty issue. These kids, it's 12:30 in the afternoon. Why aren't they in school? Why aren't we enforcing systems to ensure that if they are not in school, they're in recreational centers?" he said.

Young children are recruited to steal cars for car theft rings because they typically receive less jail time than adult car thieves.

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Brown voted earlier this year to withhold $73 million from the Atlanta police budget, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The news outlet aired video of the Councilman shaking hands with the overworked and underpaid Atlanta police officers who responded to his 911 call (see video below).

The Mercedes has not been recovered.

Brown is under federal indictment related to alleged charges in the years prior to him winning the council seat in 2019, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
 

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Update: AJC.com reports singer Akon's white Range Rover SUV was recovered after being stolen from a Buckhead gas station early Tuesday.

Akon told police he was still pumping gas when he noticed his SUV pulling away from the gas pump.

Surveillance video confirmed his story. The video footage shows a black four-door BMW sedan driving into the gas station at 11:37 p.m. and pulling alongside the Range Rover, according to the police report.

The singer's cellphone was still inside the car when it was stolen. He used a tracking app on the phone to follow the vehicle to Lawton Street in southwest Atlanta, but it was already gone by the time police arrived, according to AJC.com.

The vehicle was recovered in Forest Park Tuesday morning, said police spokesman Officer Steve Avery.
 

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Atlanta police are searching for musician Akon's SUV that was stolen from a QuikTrip on Sidney Marcus Blvd in Buckhead just after midnight on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old singer, rapper and music producer had just finished pumping gas and left his white Range Rover running while he went inside the convenience store, police say

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Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is best known for his singles "Locked Up" and "Lonely" off his debut album Trouble (2004).

His second studio album Konvicted (2006) sold over one million records in the U.S. after only six weeks.

Konvicted spawned the hits "Smack That" (featuring Eminem), "I Wanna Love You", featuring Snoop Dogg, "Gringo" and "Don't Matter." The album eventually sold more than 5 million copies globally.

Auto thefts in Atlanta are up about 47 percent from this time last year, according to 11 Alive News.

Atlanta police urge residents to be vigilant and never leave their vehicles running. A similar incident happened to Atlanta rapper Ludacris last year when his Mercedes was stolen.

"Any time you stop your vehicle and you leave your vehicle for just a split second, please turn your vehicle off and take your keys with you and secure your vehicle," Lt. Dorian Graham told 11 Alive. "We're having far too many vehicles stolen because we are leaving our vehicles running."

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A 13-year-old girl was dragged for several miles when she tried to escape her family's SUV that had been carjacked from a parking lot.

According to the Wichita Police Department, Brianna Ibarra was sitting in an SUV that was idling outside a restaurant while her family was inside picking up food just before noon on February 6.

Brianna was in the back seat on the driver's side of the SUV when a man jumped into the driver's seat and drove off.

The frightened teenager became entangled in the seatbelt when she opened the rear passenger door to escape the fleeing vehicle.

A motorist witnessed a grey Ford Escape dragging a young girl who was hanging outside the vehicle "traveling westbound on Kellogg at Meridian".

The witness followed the SUV and called 911.

Officers who responded to the scene saw the suspect stop the vehicle at Kellogg and West Street and flee on foot.

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The suspect was captured by police and later identified as 34-year-old Kevin Palmer of Wichita.

Brianna was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement," said Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay in a press release. "WPD sends its thoughts and prayers to family, friends, and others affected by this tragic incident."

Palmer, who has a lengthy criminal history, is being held without bail at the Sedgwick County Jail on several charges, including felony murder, first-degree murder, and capital murder.

A GoFundMe account raised over $45,000 of a $75,000 goal for the "unexpected loss of a child."

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Rapper Offset is being sued by a luxury car dealership for reportedly losing one of their Bentley automobiles.

Platinum Transportation Group in Los Angeles gave the Migos rapper every opportunity to return a Bentley he rented in 2020. But, so far, Offset has failed to deliver the vehicle.

The exotic car dealership filed a lawsuit against Offset, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

PTG executives claim they rented a 2020 Bentley Bentayga to Offset for a couple days. The rapper asked for an extension of his contract and the terms were extended until late July.

But, after his lease was up on July 25th, Offset stopped making the rental payments.

PTG contacted him, and they were surprised to learn that he no longer had the car in his possession.

The dealership filed a police report declaring the luxury vehicle stolen.

It's not every day that a rapper losses a Bentley. So far, no charges have been filed.

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Atlanta's crime wave hit close to home for Chris "Ludacris” Bridges. The rap mogul's black Mercedes-Benz was stolen when he stopped at the ATM on Monday, 11 Alive News reports.

The Atlanta-based rapper flagged down a police cruiser around 4:40 p.m. after his car was stolen when he left it running while he stopped at the ATM.

He said he heard his car speed away while he was at the ATM and did not get a good look at the suspect.

Police used the car's electronic tracking device to locate an area off Lois Place where the car was driven. Some of the rapper's personal belongings were found discarded there but the car was gone.

Police continued to track the vehicle to a parking garage at 1270 Spring Street in Midtown Atlanta. An apartment complex called Spectrum shares the parking garage.

Police said the car was unoccupied and they returned the vehicle to Ludacris.

99 cars were stolen in the first week of January 2021 in Atlanta, according to 11 Alive News Of those, 76 cars had the keys inside -- or were running.