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Cop finds cold, scared toddler alone in parking lot after carjacking

Stunning video has been released of an Albuquerque police officer finding a 3-year-old four frigid hours after she went missing.

Caraline Leon-Alcocar went missing after a thief hopped into her mother’s car and sped away with Caraline in it.

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Police found the car abandoned some hours later, but without the toddler inside. Volunteers launched a frantic search as it got dark and cold temperatures dropped even further.

Finally, at 1 a.m., Officer Chris Poccia spotted a bundle of purple sitting in a parking lot.

Video taken from a dash camera showed the officer jumping out of the car and scooping Caraline up. She was, thankfully, unharmed.

"You could tell she was just really scared and really cold," Poccia told the Associated Press.

The search for the thief is still on, with police circulating security camera footage of the car dropping the toddler off in the grocery store parking lot before abandoning the vehicle several miles away.

Mobile users see video here.

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