High Point Baby Found Still Inside Stolen SUV

7:30 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- An Amber Alert for a High Point baby has been canceled.

Seventeen-month-old Shylin Olandea Neal was found safe Friday morning in Greensboro. She was in a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, which was stolen Thursday night. The vehicle was parked in an apartment parking lot in the 700 block of Englewood Street. 

Police said Shylin's godfather, Michael Campbell, left her sleeping in the back seat of his SUV outside a Food Lion at Brian Jordan Place. Shylin's grandmother told WFMY News 2 the godfather left the keys inside the vehicle while he went inside.

When Campbell came back out the SUV was gone. He called police around 9:50 p.m. A statewide search began after police issued the Amber Alert. The FBI assisted local agencies with the investigation.

The alert was canceled around 9 a.m., Friday. Police said they received a 911 call which led them to the vehicle and Shylin. WFMY News 2 spoke with Mary Rizkilla, the woman who made that call. She said she was heading home from her boyfriend's when she heard a baby crying from inside the vehicle. She was aware of the Amber Alert and immediately called police.

Greensboro Police Officer R.L. Cook pulled Shylin from the vehicle. "The child was ok. She did not cry...She was not the happiest camper, but the child was ok...It surprised me that she was so calm...just sitting there, looking around," Officer Cook said. "A lot of times you get stuck in a routine...But, this is something that really makes the job rewarding."

Shylin was reunited with her family. She was taken to Moses Cone Hospital; a spokesperson said she has been released. 

Shylin's mom, Cammy James, issued the following statement, "My daughter is safe and sound. We appreciate the help, support and prayers from the community."

The High Point Police Department is leading the investigation. They said now that the child has been found they are going to focus on "who was responsible for the crime." 

Capt. Mike Kirk with High Point Police said officers are canvassing the area to look for suspects and searching the vehicle for forensic evidence.

No charges have been filed against Campbell at this time. Police said the District Attorney's Office will determine if charges are necessary.

Prior to finding Shylin, the grandmother said the family issued a $1,000 reward for information leading to the baby's return.

News 2's Meghann Mollerus spoke with Cammy, who was at the High Point Police Department with the child's father Tony Neal (her boyfriend) and other family members early Friday morning. She said based on the area in which the suburban was stolen, she does not believe someone was simply hanging around and waiting to steal the car. However, she said she is not aware of anyone who would want to harm her or her child.

Cammy explained Campbell is the fiance of her cousin, Tanya Jones Lion (the godmother). She said Shylin Neal spends many weekends with her godparents, who also have children. Jones confirmed the godparents do not have custody -- they simply like spending time with Shylin Neal.

Cammy said Shylin is her only child.

WFMY News 2

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