KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A brave 9-year-old boy took charge of a frightening situation Monday morning when he and his 2-year-old cousin sat in the back seat of his mother's car as it was stolen at a Kansas City, Kan., gas station.
Carmenita Smith-Maynard says she was filling up her gas tank at a station at 18th and Parallel Parkway when she noticed a woman with braided hair standing near her vehicle.
She didn't think much of it, and went inside to pay the cashier. She says she left the keys in the ignition and the children in the back seat because she only intended to be inside for less than 5 minutes.
When she came out of the station she saw a woman pulling out of the parking lot in her car with the two children still inside.
The car thief dropped the children off a few blocks away, along a busy stretch of Parallel Parkway police said.
From there, 9-year-old Trevion Smith-Williams told police he scooped up his 2-year-old cousin and crossed the busy street. He stopped a construction worker at a nearby church construction site for help.
Together, the three of them walked to the Breidenthal Youth and Family Community Center to call 911. They were safely reunited with Smith-Maynard.
Smith-Maynard says her 2001 white Saturn Vue SUV had a GPS tracking device and was found.
Investigators have not found the thief, but they have identified a person of interest in the case.
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