Christopher Lee Thompson, 32, is accused of kidnapping Chloe and Bryant Cannon, Wetumpka toddlers ages 1 and 2, after grabbing diapers and extra clothes. Thompson routinely babysits the children.
"We want to press charges to the fullest, therefore he'll be put where he needs to belong," says the father of the children, David Cannon.
Investigators found the man after getting a tip from Pastor Vince Rosato of the Friendship Mission, a local homeless shelter. Thompson and the two children were located at the Sam's Club on the Eastern Boulevard Wednesday evening.
"I was on my way to Sam's to fill up my van and so I saw Chris in this black car. He hollered at me. So I said, Chris the police are looking for you," says Rosato.
WSFA 12 News was on the scene as officers took the shackled suspect out of a police car and into the police department. Thompson is charged with two counts of Kidnapping 1st degree and one count Theft of Property 1st degree.
The children's parents say the last 24 hours have been a whirl-wind of emotions. They say Thompson was a family friend, and that when he didn't bring the kids home an investigation and search started.
The mother and father were reunited with their babies at the Montgomery Police Department a short time after Thompson's arrest.
"I was so happy that they're home safe. And all I could think is I don't like thinking the worst, and I didn't, and that's why they're here. I knew that God was going to watch over them and they're here," said a relieved mom, Tiffany Broadway.
The parents said they've learned a valuable lesson and they want to share it with everyone: Make sure you know who is taking care of your kids.
Thompson will never see the children again, said Broadway, who plans to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
We were with the children's parents as they got the news their children were safe.
Broadway and Cannon say they owe Rosato and the community for helping find the children.