A car was stolen with a toddler inside, but the child’s mom did everything in her power to make sure her child wasn’t alone.
Mother Kaitlin Greene told us she was getting ready to pump gas early Thursday morning, and when she turned her head to put her card in the machine, she heard her car door slam. She says she saw a woman in her SUV trying to speed away with her baby, Solara, inside.
Greene says her baby girl is her world, and in a split second, someone at a North Fort Myers Circle K tried to take her 2-year-old away.
“I see a woman get in my car, and I was like, ‘Woah, wait a minute. What’s going on,’” Greene explained. “She didn’t lock the back door, so I was able to get in the back. I got in the backseat, and I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ and she said, ‘I’m kidnapping your kid. You’re on drugs,’ and I was like, ‘Woah, I’m not on anything,’ and I was like, ‘You need to get out of my car.’”
Lee County deputies say the woman behind the wheel was suspect Brooke Elizabeth Whisker, 47. Greene says she wrestled with Whisker for the keys, but could not get them back.
“She hit my face, and I don’t know, she was irate,” Greene said.
Greene says her mind was racing, as she and her baby rode in the back seat, not knowing where Whisker would take them.
Greene called 911 while in the car.
“I was in action mode,” Greene said. “I wasn’t even scared, actually, just because of the fact that I was in the car. Now, if I wouldn’t have been able to get in my car, that’s what I was wondering like where would she have taken my kid if I wasn’t able to get to the car fast enough?”
Greene says Whisker drove them to a home, and when Whisker got out of the car, Greene and her baby got away.
Deputies say they found Whisker near the home where she stopped the SUV. They took her to Lee Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation and then arrested her at the hospital.
Whisker faces charges for carjacking and kidnapping. She remains in custody at Lee County Jail without set bond.
“Definitely going to be more cautious. I never in a million years thought that would happen to me,” Greene said. “I feel very blessed. I’m very grateful to just be here being able to talk to you about it.”