Georgia girl, 1, missing after her mother’s SUV stolen as child slept in back seat


Mother makes desperate plea after thieves steal SUV with her daughter, one, sleeping inside when she left vehicle to drop off 2am DoorDash delivery

  • Dekalb County Police Department issued an Amber Alert for Royalty Grisby just before 6am on Thursday 
  • Elizabeth Grisby, the girl’s mother, had been making a food delivery for Door Dash at the time of the kidnapping at around 2am
  • Authorities discovered the SUV abandoned in DeKalb County and are looking for two suspects
  •  ‘I just want my baby home, That’s it,’ Elizabeth Grisby, told reporters as she sobbed
  • When police found the vehicle off Young Road at around 9am, they noted that the Nissan’s tags were changed 

Dekalb County Police Department issued an Amber Alert for Royalty Grisby just before 6am on Thursday

A Georgia mother pleaded for the return of her one-year-old daughter after authorities recovered her SUV after it was stolen while she made a 2am Door Dash delivery with the little girl inside.

The Dekalb County Police Department issued a Levi’s Call, similar to an Amber Alert, for Royalty Grisby just before 6am on Thursday after her mother’s 2010 Nissan Armada was stolen on the 1200 block of Harvest Dale Court in Stone Mountain at 2am. 

Elizabeth Grisby, the girl’s mother, had been making a food delivery for Door Dash at the time of the theft. Authorities discovered the SUV abandoned in DeKalb County and are looking for two suspects.

‘I just want my baby home, That’s it,’ Elizabeth Grisby, told reporters as she sobbed. ‘I just want her. You can take her to the hospital. You can take her anywhere. You can take her to a store. Just bring her home.’ 

Royalty had been asleep in the back seat when Grisby was delivering food and left the vehicle running, police Capt. Brian DeLoach said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

The mother said that she heard the door slam and soon saw her SUV leaving without her, with the child inside. Grisby added that she tried to run after the vehicle for as long as she could.  

'I just want my baby home, That's it,' Elizabeth Grisby, the girl's mother, told reporters as she sobbed. 'I just want her. You can take her to the hospital. You can take her anywhere. You can take her to a store. Just bring her home'

‘I just want my baby home, That’s it,’ Elizabeth Grisby, the girl’s mother, told reporters as she sobbed. ‘I just want her. You can take her to the hospital. You can take her anywhere. You can take her to a store. Just bring her home’

There was no sign of Royalty when the vehicle was found. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket and a purple shirt

There was no sign of Royalty when the vehicle was found. She was last seen wearing a pink jacket and a purple shirt

‘I had my keys in my pocket, and the only reason I didn’t lock the door was because I was in a residential, a nice neighborhood,’ she said. ‘I didn’t think anything like that would happen.’ 

When police found the vehicle off Young Road at around 9am, they noted that the Nissan’s tags were changed. There was no sign of Royalty, who was last wearing a pink jacket and a purple shirt.  

‘Fortunately we have located the vehicle in a neighboring neighborhood,’ DeLoach said. ‘Unfortunately the child is still missing.’

When police found the vehicle off Young Road at around 9am, they noted that the Nissan's tags were changed. A similar vehicle is shown

When police found the vehicle off Young Road at around 9am, they noted that the Nissan’s tags were changed. A similar vehicle is shown

Police continue to look for the little girl, setting up a command post in hopes the thieves are still nearby on foot.

DeLoch said that he did not believe that the thieves knew Royalty was inside the SUV. It was unclear whether the crime was targeted or just one of opportunity.  

 ‘We have a 1-year-old child out there that is not with her mother,’ he said. ‘We fear for her wellbeing. We want her to be safe and we want her back home with her mother. Every second that goes by is critical.’ 

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