The mother and father of the Hartford child who was inside a stolen car spoke to Eyewitness News about the ordeal they went through Thursday night.
Police said Davon Mills stole a running Cadillac on Main Street with Luis Trinidad Jr. buckled in the back seat around 5:30 p.m.
In the blink of an eye, Luis and the car were gone, making for an emotional frightening two-plus hours until someone saw the Amber Alert and called police in Bristol.
"I didn't even know what to do or how to react," said Luis' mother Marie Capo. "I couldn't believe it was happening."
Capo spoke only to Eyewitness News about the ordeal they went through Thursday night.
"It was like an eternity. I just thought I was never going to see my son ever again," she said. "It was horrific. It was a nightmare."
Capo told Eyewitness News that she feared the worst.
"Where is my son? Am I ever going to see him again?" she said. "I thought I was going to die."
Luis' father said he walked into a mini mart on Main Street to grab a "chips and a drink." The incident "happened so fast, so fast" and Luis "was gone."
"I turn around and he was gone," said Luis Trinidad Sr. "I didn't know what to do."
Capo wants to know why someone would get into a car "that's not yours and randomly steal it." Though the baby's father thinks the act was random.
"I didn't know what to do," said Luis Trinidad Sr. "I stopped in the store and he was gone."
Police found Mills back in Hartford near Bushnell Park, where he had left the car a short time after trying to get into the Jingle Jam, which is a rap concert at the XL Center, and getting turned away.
"I don't know him, and I'm not a negative person but I'd never do this to someone else," Capo said. "Don't know if he was high or what, but you don't do that. It's wrong."
Family members of Mills said when he realized there was a child in the back seat, he dropped him off at a friend's house in Bristol. The friend saw the Amber Alert and brought the child to the police station in Bristol.
When asked about the reunion with her son, Capo called it "wonderful."
"It was like the first time I'd ever seen him, so wonderful," she said.
According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, it is illegal to leave a child alone in a car. Luis Trinidad Sr. is asking for the public's support and knows that he made a mistake and has learned his lesson.
"I'm sorry for leaving him for two seconds," said Luis Trinidad Sr.
Luis Trinidad Sr. said he's looking forward to a lot less drama this holiday season.
"I just hold my son and look forward to Christmas," he said.
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