A jogger has described her shock after discovering an eight-month-old baby abandoned by the side of the road in Texas.
Hong Nguyen, 34, was running in Houston when she heard the cries of a child.
After sifting through the nearby brush she found Genesis Haley, still strapped in her car seat in a field near the side of the road.
What Nguyen did not realise was that an alert had been raised by local police earlier that day, after a mother said her car was stolen from a petrol station with her child still inside.
Speaking to NBC News, Nguyen - a Vietnamese national visiting the US for five days - said the discovery was an especially fortunate one as the road she was on was "not very well travelled".
– Hong Nguyen
That's why I say I’m a lucky person to find the baby and give her back to her parents in good condition.
Houston Police said the mother had gone in to pay when the vehicle was driven away a matter of seconds later.
Genesis - who appeared to have been dumped by the thief - was found four hours later, apparently healthy, before reportedly being returned to her mother following a routine health check.
Officer Albert Pizana, responding to the discovery, later told a news conference the incident "makes you wanna go home and hug your kids even tighter".
The young girl's mother provided a detailed description of the suspect, prompting a police sketch that they hope will help bring him to justice.
The authorities also hailed Nguyen's actions - though she was quick to claim that she was "not the hero" of the story.