Mother of Child in Stolen Car Arrested - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

02/26/03

Mother of Child in Stolen Car Arrested

Amy Emmick during our brief interview. Amy Emmick during our brief interview.
A Chatham County police officer leads her away. A Chatham County police officer leads her away.
Emmick's son Elijah. Emmick's son Elijah.
Frame from surveillance video of the car theft suspect. Frame from surveillance video of the car theft suspect.

A Chatham County mother is facing charges for leaving her baby in a car with the engine running. A few weeks ago, 25-year-old Amy Emmick was at a gas station at Highway 204 and I-95. She went in to pay for her gas, leaving her one-year-old son Elijah in the car with the engine on. A man jumped in the car and took off.

Police found the car a short while later with the child in it unharmed. Now Emmick is facing charges. WTOC was the only one at the police station today when Emmick surrendered to police. Emmick told us she was asked by police to turn herself in, but she wanted to tell her story to us first. But she didn't get to tell us much, as our cameras were rolling, a Chatham County police officer snatched her away and put her under arrest.

"He called today and told me he had two warrants out on my arrest," Emmick told us.

She's being charged with two misdemeanors for driving with a revoked license during the time of the incident and contributing toward the deprivation of a child.

"She allowed a 12-month-old child to be left unattended in a vehicle with the keys in it and the doors unlocked," said police spokesman Mike Wilson. Police say in Georgia, that's against the law. They also say when the incident first happened, Emmick did not tell police the truth about leaving her child unattended.

"She led investigators to believe that she did secure the vehicle and she did not leave child in harm's way," Wilson said. "That's critical as far as making charges and the overall assessments in a case like this."

In our interview with her Emmick, she told us she believes police have information they're not telling her.

"I know that they know who it is," she said.

Police say that's not true. In the meantime, Emmick's child is without his mother for a second time. Emmick is being processed and once bail is set, her family is standing by to post bond.

Police continue to look for the man responsible for taking the car in the first place. The photo here is taken from surveillance video of the man police think is the suspect. If you have any information, please contact Chatham County police or CrimeStoppers at 234-2020.

Reported by: Elizabeth Garcia, egarcia@wtoc.com

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