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3-year-old Utah boy driven away in stolen car is found safe after answering mom's cellphone

  • Elizabeth Barrios holds her son Aiden Ngo during a news conference at the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  Authorities say Elizabeth Barrios left her car unlocked and running as she dropped off another child at day care. When she walked out, she saw someone driving her car away with her son inside. Police arrived and called her cellphone, which was in the car, hoping to reach the thief and negotiate the boy's release, said Lt. Tim Scott. Instead, Aiden answered the phone. He told officers that he was alone after the thief left the car and ran away, but he didn't know where he was. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Chelsey Allder)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

    Elizabeth Barrios holds her son Aiden Ngo during a news conference at the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Authorities say Elizabeth Barrios left her car unlocked and running as she dropped off another child at day care. When she walked out, she saw someone driving her car away with her son inside. Police arrived and called her cellphone, which was in the car, hoping to reach the thief and negotiate the boy's release, said Lt. Tim Scott. Instead, Aiden answered the phone. He told officers that he was alone after the thief left the car and ran away, but he didn't know where he was. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Chelsey Allder) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Elizabeth Barrios and son Aiden Ngo leave a news conference at the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  Authorities say Elizabeth Barrios left her car unlocked and running as she dropped off another child at day care. When she walked out, she saw someone driving her car away with her son inside. Police arrived and called her cellphone, which was in the car, hoping to reach the thief and negotiate the boy's release, said Lt. Tim Scott. Instead, Aiden answered the phone. He told officers that he was alone after the thief left the car and ran away, but he didn't know where he was. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Chelsey Allder)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

    Elizabeth Barrios and son Aiden Ngo leave a news conference at the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden, Utah, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Authorities say Elizabeth Barrios left her car unlocked and running as she dropped off another child at day care. When she walked out, she saw someone driving her car away with her son inside. Police arrived and called her cellphone, which was in the car, hoping to reach the thief and negotiate the boy's release, said Lt. Tim Scott. Instead, Aiden answered the phone. He told officers that he was alone after the thief left the car and ran away, but he didn't know where he was. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Chelsey Allder) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say they found a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in a car stolen outside a Utah day care after he answered his mother's cellphone and honked the horn to draw their attention.

Police in the city of Ogden say the boy's mother left the unlocked car running as she dropped off another child around 7 a.m. Tuesday. When she walked out, she saw someone driving her car away with her son inside.

Lt. Tim Scott says responding officers called the woman's cellphone, which was in the car. The boy answered and told officers he was alone, but he didn't know where he was.

Police told him to honk the horn, and the noise helped them find the car abandoned about three blocks away.

Police are searching for a suspect.