3-year-old Pontiac girl battling cancer reunited with family after being abducted in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 3-year-old girl from Pontiac fighting cancer is back with her family after the car she was in was stolen from a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jesus Becerra had driven the 12 hours from Pontiac to Memphis to take his young daughter Samaria to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to undergo chemotherapy.

Police said the family stopped at 1:40 p.m. to get gas, and when Becerra went in to pay, a man jumped out of a black Dodge Charger, got into the family’s car, and left.

Memphis police searched an hour and 20 minutes before officers found the vehicle near an apartment building.

The child was still in the car and safe. She was reunited with her father.


Four teenagers aged 15, 16 and two 17 year olds were taken into custody. They have been charged with several crimes, including kidnapping.

The Becerra family left on Friday to return to Pontiac.

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