Kyle Melnick, reporting last week for The Washington Post under the headline “A Toddler Was Taken in a Carjacking; VW Wanted $150 for GPS Coordinates, Lawsuit Says”:
Shepherd, who was four months pregnant, tried to fight off
the man. But she was thrown to the pavement and run over by
her own car as the man drove away with Isaiah in the back
seat, authorities said. Shepherd thought she might never see
her son again.
After Shepherd frantically called 911, investigators contacted
Volkswagen’s Car-Net service, which can track the location of the
manufacturer’s vehicles. They hoped to locate Isaiah.
But a customer service representative said that wouldn’t be
possible because Shepherd’s subscription to the satellite service
had expired, according to a new lawsuit. The employee said he
couldn’t help until a $150 payment was made, the complaint said.