By all accounts, 10-month-old Xenobia Gibson was accidentally kidnapped, randomly dropped off, quickly discovered and shortly after that, reunited with her traumatized mother -- and smiled all the way through the experience.
"She was fine. She never cried, she was very calm and she was just looking," Ursula Boykins said, recalling her discovery of the infant on her front stoop.
Minutes later, when Shekeya Gibson was reunited with Xenobia, "She looked over at me, and I looked over at her crying, and she just smiled" Gibson said.
The adventure began Sunday afternoon while Gibson and a friend were unloading chairs borrowed from a church. The building had been burglarized the night before.
Gibson said the pastor, her uncle, advised her to "....cut your car off because if they'll break into a church there's no telling what they'll do in front of a church, they'll take you car, and no sooner than he said that, my car, I could hear it go down the street but it didn't register to me that someone had jumped in my car."
Xenobia was in her car seat in the back seat.
St. Petersburg police say about three minutes later, the toddler and her seat were dropped at Ursula Boykins' house. She was just returning home, and saw the suspect vehicle speeding away.
"I thought he was taking something from the house. He was not taking something, he was leaving us a gift," Boykins said. "Everything happens for a reason. I believe my purpose for that day was fulfilled because I was the one chosen to find that baby on the porch."
Gibson conveyed her thanks to Boykins through FOX 13 News, but as far as the suspects are concerned, "I want them punished."
She said she spent the entire day Monday in bed, clutching her baby girl. "I will never forget. I will never forget the trauma, the insecurity that I have now," Gibson said. "Just don't feel safe."
St. Petersburg Police released home surveillance video showing one of the suspects placing the car seat on Boykins' stoop, and either ringing a doorbell or knocking before running back to the stolen vehicle.Officials found the car around 7:30 Sunday night in a parking lot off 22nd Avenue S, but the search continues for the suspects. They have been described as black male, teens, wearing beige shorts and a black tank top with close-cut hair.
Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect seen in this video. Anyone who has information should call the non-emergency number at 727-893-7780, Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.
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