By Jonathan Bullington
11:57 AM CST, February 26, 2014
A mother's worst nightmare is captured on tape in a nearly six-minute 911 call from a Park Ridge woman after someone stole her car from her driveway last week with her 5-year-old son sleeping in the back seat.
"My baby! My baby! Somebody stole my car … my baby’s in the car," the woman screams to the 911 operator in a recording released to the Tribune on Tuesday.
The 5-year-old boy, Drake Whitker, was asleep in the back seat of a 2012 white Audi Q5 while his pregnant mother carried groceries inside their home in the 1700 block of Good Avenue, authorities have said.
As she returned to the car, parked in the driveway with its engine running, authorities say an 18-year-old high school student from Evanston jumped in and drove off about 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
The mother jumped on the hood and screamed, "My baby is in the car," according to prosecutors.
In her call to 911, the out-of-breath mother frantically attempts to provide the dispatcher with such details as her address, the make and model of her car, and the direction she last saw the vehicle travel.
"Oh my God, he made a right off of Mayfield," she yells to the dispatcher, according to the tape. "I don’t know. I can’t see him anymore. Oh my (expletive deleted) God! Oh my (expletive deleted) God my baby!"
Authorities issued an Amber Alert and, about two hours later, received a phone call from a Skokie man who found the car parked in an alley near Oakton Street and Laramie Avenue. Drake was inside and unharmed, police said, and has since been reunited with his family.
Two days later, authorities charged 18-year-old Deangelo Fountain with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle. His bail was denied Saturday at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
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