Woman Cut Off in Traffic Realizes Offender Is on Run after Kidnapping


Most of us will readily admit it: driving tests our patience.

Frustrations we never knew we had come brimming to the surface, boiling over at the behaviors of other drivers.

Almost all bad driving decisions come from being distracted. We are too busy processing other tasks, mentally or physically, to really focus on safely traveling down the road.

When a black Mazda cut right in front of Baltimore driver Karen Lipford, she was upset.

Lipford’s angry glare burned into the vehicle’s license plate, frustration brewing.

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And then, Lipford had a flash of realization. The Mazda who had just cut her off had been on the local news — as a stolen vehicle with a baby inside.

According to Baltimore County police, two women had been inside the Mazda with a six-month-old baby girl in the backseat on the morning of Dec. 18. The driver of the vehicle, also the baby’s mother, made a stop at a gas station.

The mother dashed inside the store, leaving the passenger in the car with the baby.

At this time, the relationship between the two women remains unclear — only that they were acquaintances.

While the mother was inside the gas station, the passenger moved into the driver’s seat and drove away. The baby girl was still in the backseat, covered in blankets in her car seat.


The baby’s mother filed a report with Baltimore police, who began searching for the stolen car.

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Thanks to Lipford’s keen eyes and ability to avoid a road rage incident, police caught up with the stolen Mazda.

“She cut me off!” Lipford recalled of the incident. “To be honest with you, it upset me that she cut me off and then the tag numbers hit me.”

Police arrested the unidentified woman and the baby was reunited with her mother.

While we don’t know what prompted the woman to steal her acquaintance’s car, we are glad the baby was unharmed.

“I’m just glad that I saw her,” Lipford expressed. Thanks to Lipford’s vigilance, a crime was thwarted and a child is safe.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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