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2 children in car that is stolen, reunited with their mother

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Gladys Ortiz was reunited with her children, a 5-year-old and an 11-month-old, after the car they were in was taken from the motel where Ortiz works.{ } (Will Maetzold/KOKH)

A mother is reunited with her two children after they were inside a car that was carjacked Sunday afternoon.

"Just keep hugging my daughters and be kissing them all day long." said Gladys Ortiz, a mother who went through some scary moments on Mother's Day.

Ortiz's car, with her two young girls inside, was taken from the America's Best Value Inn at Interstate 35 and SE 29th St., where both she and her mom work.

"I was fixing some problems on the computer and my mom was cleaning rooms and that's when everything happened." Ortiz says she had walked away for just a few minutes, when someone jumped into the car and took off. Her 11-month-old and five-year old children were inside.

The two children were found safe after the suspect tried to drop them off at a house near S. High Ave. and SE 22nd St.

That's where police were called to.

"It's very emotional. Our number one priority is the children and trying to get them back safely to the mother," said Lt. Joshua Castlebury with the Oklahoma City Police Department, "and in this outcome it worked out the best it could with nobody getting hurt."

Ortiz says she's seen the suspect around the motel before and has let him come in to get out of the rain.

She says it's taught her an important lesson where her children are concerned.

"Not leaving them in the car. That's the biggest lesson i can learn. Don't leave them unattended. Because with people you never know."

Police arrested the suspect 35-year-old Roderick Garrett at the house where he stopped to drop off the children.

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