Carjacker takes off with children in car, heads to Mexico

    An eight-year-old San Diego girl is being called a hero.

    Malaiha Cole and her little brother are home safe and sound after an alleged car thief who took off for Mexico with the children inside Monday.

    It happened in broad daylight at a shopping center when Rodney Cole left his kids in the car with the engine running, said authorities.

    A woman jumped in and took off, they said.

    It took nearly two hours for police to track her down.

    Police have not yet released the suspects identity.

    It's unclear exactly what charges she faces, but police said they’re treating this as an attempted kidnapping.

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