Thieves Steal Car and Baby From Church, Return the Baby, Not the Car

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Shekeya Gibson agreed to use her Toyota Highlander to drop off tables and chairs at the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. While doing her act of service, thieves stole her carbaby_carjack.jpg with her 10-month old baby still in her car seat.

The thieves returned the baby, sort of, but kept the Highlander. St. Petersburg, Florida police are now seeking leads to find the carjackers.

On Sunday afternoon around 2:15 p.m., police say Gibson and N’Dia Knight left their car unlocked and keys in the ignition with Gibson’s 10-month-old baby girl, Xenobia, in a car seat inside the vehicle, according to published reports from local television news.

They told police they were inside the church for about five minutes when the suspects drove away in the car.

“I can’t tell how long it was before I got to her, but during that time, it felt like an eternity. My world was over,” Gibson said.

A few minutes later, the suspects dropped off Xenobia on the doorstep of neighbor Ursula Boykins, unharmed and still sitting in her car seat. Boykins called police, who connected the dots between the child and her mother.

“Everything happens for a reason,” said Boykins standing in front of her home. “I believe that my purpose for that day was fulfilled because I was the one chosen to find that baby on the porch. They chose the right house that day. And we’re just happy that she’s safe.”

The vehicle was found later than night in another part of town.

“Today I died on the inside when these kids decided to steal our truck with my 10-month baby in the car in front of a church thank God they dropped her off on a sweet woman’s doorsteps unharmed but to the ones who did this I pray for you,” Knight wrote on her Facebook page.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.