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St. Pete suspects steal car with baby inside

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Photo of suspect from St. Petersburg Police Photo of suspect from St. Petersburg Police
The home where the baby was dropped off The home where the baby was dropped off
Shekeya Gibson and 10 month old Xenobia Shekeya Gibson and 10 month old Xenobia

St. Petersburg Police are looking for suspects accused of stealing a car from a church parking lot with a baby inside.

On Sunday afternoon around 2:15 p.m., police say Shekeya Gibson and N'Dia Knight were unloading tables and chairs from their Toyota Highlander at the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, located at 2580 12th Avenue South.

They left their car unlocked and keys in the ignition with Gibson's 10-month-old baby girl, Xenobia, in a car seat inside the vehicle.

Police say they were inside the church for about five minutes, when the suspects drove away in the car.

Knight was the first to hear the car speed off.

"And she just started saying the baby, the baby, the baby's in the car. I just lost it," said Gibson. "I can't tell how long it was before I got to her, but during that time, it felt like an eternity. My world was over."

A few minutes later, the suspects dropped off Xenobia on the doorstep of 2022 11th Avenue South, unharmed and still sitting in her car seat.

The resident, Ursula Boykins, arrived just after the suspect had fled, found the child and alerted police.

"Everything happens for a reason," said Boykins standing in front of her home. "I believe that my purpose for that day was fulfilled because I was the one chosen to find that baby on the porch. They chose the right house that day. And we're just happy that she's safe."

"Today I died on the inside when these kids decided to steal our truck with my 10-month baby in the car in front of a church thank God they dropped her off on a sweet woman's doorsteps unharmed but to the ones who did this I pray for you," wrote Knight on her Facebook page.

The vehicle was found around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot on 22nd Avenue South.

Suspects are described as black male teens, wearing beige shorts and a black tank top with close cut hair.

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