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Community reacts to child found in stolen car, investigators ease concerns

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus police are actively searching for the person that stole a car with a baby inside.

The almost two-year-old was found a couple of hours after going missing but many of you, especially on Facebook and Twitter, have complained about not getting an alert. 

Ashley Brantley posted: "My phone blows up with Amber Alerts hundreds of miles away. Why did it not go off for a child that I'd actually be likely to see or help?"

We took Brantley's question and several others to Columbus investigators.

"The first initiation is with local media outlets here in Columbus," explained CPD investigator Sergeant Mark Richards. "Once that's completed, we notify the Georgia Bureau of Investigations and by the time GBI was notified and the actual alert went out the child had been found about two miles away."

Sgt. Richards said getting a full description of the child with pictures can also delay the process. 

Investigators are still sifting through surveillance footage from the gas station on St. Mary's road where baby Ronald was whisked away after his father left him alone inside the running, unlocked car.

The baby's father Ronald Tubbs, Jr. declined to speak on camera but told investigators he left the baby to run into the store.

We spoke with a woman who said she was shocked to hear this happened right up the street from her home but it took her back to a time when she too made the same mistake.

"As a young parent, I left my child in the car to run inside a store- he locked me out of the car. I knew then that I would never do that again," Evergreen Covington. "This [incident] takes it up a notch. We live in a different time. We can't afford to leave our children in the car anymore."

No suspect has been apprehended.

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