"We walked outside and then we realized that the car wasn't there and then it registered that my son was in the car still," says Lacy Lunceford.
It's a parent's worst nightmare.
Lunceford says, "I kinda thought it was a joke. Maybe my sister had come back while I was gone."
But it wasn't a joke. It was very real. A car thief had stolen Lacy Lunceford's car from in front of her sister's home. Her little boy was inside the vehicle.
"I didn't cry until I actually realized oh my God, my son's gone," adds Lunceford.
Lunceford says she was dropping off a birthday gift at her sister's house. Her son, 20 month old Landry, had fallen asleep in his car seat. So Lunceford left him in the running vehicle. It was just a quick run in and out, no more than 3 minutes. But that's all it took.
Lunceford says, "It just seemed so fake and so not real that I just didn't know how to act."
Police were called and Lunceford's car was found about 15 minutes later, just down the road in a Hasting's parking lot. Little Landry, safe and seated tight. And the suspect, nowhere to be found.
"I've had people tell me, are you okay? Are you okay? But I don't feel like I should be mad. I think he'll get what's coming to him, whoever it is. But I don't have a reason to be mad at him because it was a good result. It could have been a lot worse," says Lunceford.