Isabel Leuvano left her car running while she ran inside her ex-husband’s San Jose home to pick up her daughter. As she waited outside the car, a man suddenly jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away … with her two-year-old son still inside.
Alberto Luna, owner of Alberto’s Auto Sales, had sold the car to Leuvano. She fell behind on the payments, so he was just doing what was legally in his rights: repossessing the car. But what he failed to do was to make sure the car was empty before he drove off.
Luna claims he didn’t notice the child until he returned to his shop, and the boy was returned to his mother within the hour. Kidnapping charges won’t be filed, since Luna didn’t technically break any laws.
It seems unlikely to me that you could fail to notice a two-year-old in a Honda Accord. Even if he didn’t know about the child, he had to realize he was pulling away with the woman’s purse and house keys, leaving her stranded. In today’s trying economic times, normally responsible people find themselves struggling to pay their bills. Even when it comes to repossession, a little humanity goes a long way.
Good Samaritans who have heard Leuvano’s story have donated the funds to get the car back, $570 in late payments and now $300 in repo fees.
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