Amber Alert issued after 4-year-old girl abducted from Toronto home

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A four-year-old girl was returned to her family after going missing when the auto she was in was stolen outside her home.

About three-and-a-half hours after someone had absconded with the auto, a black Toyota Camry, the vehicle was spotted by a passerby in the city's west-end, abandoned in a parking lot with the engine still running, said Toronto Police Detective Ranbir Dhillon.

Suspect is still outstanding, no description yet.

Hopkinson say a member of the public spotted a vehicle with the licence plate number belonging to the stolen Camry driving along Highway 401 near Highway 403 earlier this morning.

- Black shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

The girl has been identified as Christina Nguyen, who was buckled in a auto seat. She was last seen wearing a red jacket, pink trousers and a white hat.

Police said that when she returned outside, around 6 a.m., a suspect had entered the vehicle and driven off.

Police are asking anyone who sees this vehicle to call 911.

The girl's mother had started the Camry and left it idling to warm up the engine, Toronto Police Service said.

A woman had placed one of her children in the running vehicle and went back inside her home to get her younger sibling, Constable David Hopkinson said in an interview earlier Friday. "We are concerned for the child's safety for obvious reasons".

"We need to get to her as quickly as possible".