A thief in Salt Lake City, Utah, returned a van she stole from outside a house early Sunday when she realized their was a 3-year-old girl in the backseat.
The remorseful suspect, 22-year-old Idaly Proano, is now in police custody.
Isabella Ortega says she left her car running for a moment while she checked to see if she had locked her house around 9:30 a.m. When she turned around, she saw the suspect get inside and drive away.
“I say, ‘My baby, my baby is in there!'” Ortega told Fox 13 News.
Proano allegedly drove for several miles before realizing 3-year-old Maya was in the backseat. She turned around and returned to Ortega’s home.
"Our suspect felt remorse, turned around, came back to the home where she stole the van, got out, knocked on the front door and asked if she could wait inside for police, basically turning herself in," Salt Lake City Police Lt. Scott White told Fox 13.
Proano was charged with theft and drug possession. She reportedly has a history of drug-related arrests.
Maya was not injured and she told her mother she was not frightened by the abduction.
“She has a book and maybe she played with that and doesn’t know who was driving,” Ortega said.
“You hate to say you thank the thief, but in this case you thank the thief for not harming the child,” White said.