A Monticello family has never been as thankful to be together as they are Thursday night. Six-month-old Ja' Marquez Pringle was still strapped into his car seat, when a thief got behind the wheel and took off.
It set off a night long search, and Amber Alerts in two states.
A deputy spotted the abandoned car in a Tallahassee apartment complex, with Ja' Marquez still inside.
With her baby wrapped in her arms, Rosemary Reynolds is grateful her six-month-old child Ja' Marquez Pringle was found unharmed, 14 hours after he was stolen right along with his grandmother’s car.
"It was a miracle. God answered all our prayers all the people praying for us. I just have a lot more to give thanks for,” shares Rosemary.
"When they called and let us know they had found him and he was alright I felt a whole ton fall off me. I felt so good,” says the baby’s father, James Pringle.
But it was long night for family members who spent the entire evening praying for the baby's safe return.
"I thank God for the sheriff that found him and sent her where she needed to be. She saved his life. It wasn't nobody, but Jesus it's a miracle,” says the baby’s grandmother, Rosa Snead.
A miracle that came to life after a Leon County deputy discovered the abandoned car in Tallahassee with the baby still inside.
"It was interesting walking upon these big brown eyes looking up at you saying I'm ready to go out now,” recalls Deputy Elethia Chase.
Though the baby spent the entire night in that car, he was checked out at TMH, and doctors say he's just fine, a little hungry and in need of a new diaper, but perfectly healthy.
Family members say they truly have something to celebrate this Thanksgiving Day.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.