Its something you never want to see on your television screen. This morning's amber alert popped up on WSFA and on other stations channels statewide as police declared Mackenzie Mims, 1, missing.
"We got the call of the vehicle being stolen with the child in the vehicle," explained Calera police chief Sean Limley. Authorities say the white ford pickup truck was stolen from a gas station near Interstate 65 in Calera.
The infant was inside the car during the theft. Tamara Davenport waited for any word on the welfare of her daughter and pleaded for her safe return.
"Just please bring her back to me. Please," Davenport said during an interview with reporters Sunday morning.
Just a few hours later, the truck was spotted at a Chevron station in Brighton, nearly 50 miles away from the start of the ordeal. Concerned residents heard crying coming from the vehicle.
EMS workers rushed to the scene and recovered the girl. With the baby unharmed, this story had a happy ending.
"She looks real good," explained Davenport after visiting her baby at a Birmingham hospital.
With the help of the Amber Alert system, police say the results were much better than they anticipated.
"It worked very well. That's what it's in place for, and it paid off today," Chief Limley said.
NOTE: Calera police tell WSFA 12 news the suspect is still at large.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5'9", about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a sleeveless, gray shirt.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Department of Public Safety or your local police department.