An Ogden, Utah, 3-year-old's ability to unlock his mom's s smartphone may have saved his life. It certainly helped police find him after someone stole his mom's car—with him still in it.
Mom Elizabeth Barrios had just dropped off her baby at daycare when she saw her car driving away. Her 3-year-old son was still inside the car. Knowing drop-off of the baby took only a couple of minutes, Barrios had left the car running, which is not uncommon during the area's cold winters.
According to ABC News, Barrios told police that her cellphone was also inside the car and that her son knew how to use it. So they called. The boy picked up and told them he was alone — the suspect apparently abandoned the car and, police believe, fled on foot.
Barrios and the officer took turns keeping the chid on the phone and comforting the child. Officers found him unharmed.
Safety officials urge parents to not leave children in a car, especially if it's running.
Maybe getting kids hooked on technology early is a good thing after all.