Twitter message helps police rescue stolen baby

The parents reunited with their stolen baby 
By: Sarah Weiss 

A thief made off with a car together with a sleeping baby, but thanks to Twitter, the baby was quickly rescued.

A Twitter alert enabled the police to locate a one-month-old baby girl after she was kidnapped by a thief, who stole a car in which she was taking a nap outside a store in the UAE.

Baby Laila, was sleeping in a white Toyota Prado when the car was stolen, not far from the commercial center of Dubai, late on Saturday. Her parents left the car engine running in front of the store.

Within seconds of leaving the car, the baby and the car were stolen.

The police put out a Twitter alert about the disappearance of the baby, and within minutes were flooded with more than 1,700 Internet retweets from officials to citizens.

It still took authorities more than seven hours to find the girl after a resident of Sharjah wrote on Twitter that he had seen the stolen vehicle.

The car was found a few miles from where it had been stolen.

"The baby was found safe and immediately rushed to a hospital where she was declared in good health. She was later reunited with her waiting parents," a police spokesperson said. The spokesperson gave all the credit to Twitter for the dramatic rescue.



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