COLUMBUS, Ohio — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl has been found unharmed after someone stole her mother’s van with the toddler inside.

Columbus police say the girl was found in the van around 10:45 a.m. Sunday, nearly six hours after it was stolen. Police say the girl’s mother was attacked by the suspect as she approached the van but wasn’t hurt.

The theft triggered an Amber Alert. Police say a passer-by aware of the alert spotted the van in a parking lot and contacted authorities.

Police say the girl appears to be in fine but was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus to be evaluated.

Columbus police Sgt. Terry McConnell says the theft appeared to have been committed by a stranger whose only intention was to steal the van.

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