Three suspects are being questioned and a three-and-a-half month old baby girl is safe after being reportedly kidnapped from a front yard in Levelland. NewsChannel 11 was the first to report this story minutes after the Amber Alert was issued around 7:15 p.m. Thursday night.
The baby's mother called police saying the baby was kidnapped from the front yard of their Levelland home in the 1200 block of Avenue A in Levelland. She gave authorities the baby's picture and a description of one male suspect and a possible suspect vehicle.
A volunteer fire fighter saw the car on Highway 114 and followed the car to the Wal-Mart in Levelland. Authorities were then called and they located baby Saydi Brooklyn Mendez inside the car along with a child seat and a blanket. A juvenile male was also in the car. The baby was crying but calmed down once authorities said her name. An uncle arrived on the scene minutes later and identified the baby.
Meanwhile, authorities shut down the Wal-Mart as they looked for the suspects inside. NewsChannel 11 spoke with two witnesses who were inside the Wal-Mart at the time.
Kayla Smith says, "Everyone was running around. Not just employees but customers too. Everyone was in a panic pretty much."
Skylar Dobson says, "When we were going to leave, they locked the doors, so the customers were confused and we didn't know what was going on."
The witnesses tell us they saw a female being arrested inside the Wal-Mart. Since then, we've confirmed that a female suspect is in custody along with a male suspect and the juvenile that was in the car with the baby. Police tell us they will not release the names until the people are charged.
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