SOUTH GATE (CBSLA) — Parents of a two-year-old boy spent several minutes in fear when their car was stolen with the boy inside the car Monday night.

When the suspected thief realized the boy was inside, the vehicle was abandoned, South Gate police believe.

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When the father went to pick up his daughter at his mother-in-law’s home on Rosewood Street at about 7 p.m., someone jumped in the car and took off with the boy sleeping in the back. The car was located 15 minutes later about two miles away. The was boy was unharmed, police said.

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“It was an eternity,” the mother said when CBS2’s Rachel Kim asked how long the ordeal felt. “I’m just glad nothing happened to him.

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Police are still looking for the suspected car thief and are searching through security video from the area.