A 3-year-old is back with his parents after he knocked on a stranger's door in the middle of the night following the hijacking of his father's car at a Colorado Springs convenience store with him in the back seat.
"Help me, I'm cold," the toddler told Traci Gilbert, who answered the door.
She said she heard her doorbell ring at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday and got up to check. Gilbert looked through the peephole and didn't see anyone, so she opened her door. Outside, she found the 3-year-old covered in snow and sleet, wearing nighttime diapers and a thin jacket.
Gilbert said Monday she is still amazed that the toddler made it up 14 slick steps to her front door on the second floor of a duplex.
She believes the car thief picked her home because it was near the store where the car was stolen.
"He didn't even wait until the child was safe inside," Gilbert said.
The father, Anthony Pettiford, said Monday he was headed home from a family gathering when he stopped to buy some gum. He was chatting with friends next to his car when someone jumped in the driver's seat and took off. Pettiford chased the car down the street while his friends chased the vehicle for about 10 blocks before losing it. The friends said the car thief must have turned back to drop the boy off three blocks from the store, then left the child to fend for himself.
The suspect and the car are still missing.