The Knuckleheads of the Day award
Today's winners are Wellington and Suretha Simpson. They get the award for leaving their four year old son in a parked truck while they went into a mortgage office. The vehicle was then stolen. The thieves have been arrested but so have the Simpsons.
The boy is fine and unhurt which is the most important. He just has two knuckleheads for parents.
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MIAMI -- Thieves stole a truck with a child inside. Friday morning they were not the only ones in trouble with the law, news aprtner NBC 6 reported.
Authorities said a mother and father made a dangerous mistake that sent police in pursuit of a stolen 2003 Silverado with a gun inside and, more importantly, precious cargo onboard -- their little child.
"The child was left unattended in a vehicle while parents were inside a mortgage company," said Miami-Dade Police Det. Roy Rutland.
On Thursday afternoon, the vehicle was found flipped over and abandoned near a field at 348th Street and 217th Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade County after the father pleaded with the abductors to release his child unharmed.
"The father noticed that his vehicle was being stolen. He realized he had left his Nextel radio inside the vehicle. He was then able to use his wife's Nextel to contact the one inside the vehicle. He begin to scream, asking for the subjects to release his child," Rutland said.
Shortly after the call, a worker found the 4-year-old boy in back of a mall not far from the scene. He was unharmed.
"Miami police then established a perimeter further south where we apprehended all three male subjects inside the vehicle," Rutland said.
Police also arrested the child's parents, Wellington and Suretha Simpson, for their alleged role in the incident, sending out a stern message for others to follow.
"Never, ever leave your child unattended in a vehicle for any time," Rutland said.