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Watch: The heartwarming moment police find an abducted young girl in a car park

The child had been taken in Albuquerque after her mother’s car was stolen.

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A US POLICE department has released footage of the moment they found a three-year-old girl who had been abducted.

Young Caraline was buckled-up in the back of her mother’s car when it was stolen last Saturday evening, sparking a search that lasted more than four hours.

The child’s mother was filling up water bottles at a store in Albuquerque and had left the car for a few moments when the thief jumped inside and drove off.

That car was found not far from the scene of the robbery later that evening, but the child was not inside.

Police circulated images of the young child and descriptions of the assailant as police continued to search for her.

The child was found just after 1am by Officer Chris Poccia. He described to local KRQE News how he came upon the child.

I was using my spotlight and I saw a ball of purple, in the middle of the parking lot and I thought that’s weird and I drove into the parking lot and I could tell it was a kiddo.

The moment the child was found by the officer was recorded on his lapel cam and the footage has now been released by the Albuquerque Police Department.

In the clip, you can hear the officer greeting the young child before taking her inside the patrol car to warm her up.

Members of a local motorcycle group who were also assisting in the search can also be seen in the video.

The child’s mother was then contacted and they were reunited.

Police say there are still searching for the suspect and have repeated their description of him.

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