Virginia Nursing Home Patient Steals Vehicle With Child Inside

The family of a 9-year-old boy is thankful today that the child is safe after a nursing home patient stole their van. That patient, Steven Thornburg, lead troopers and deputies on a 100 mile per hour chase from Washington County, Va. to Chuckey, Tennessee. The chase ended when the patient arrived at parents' house. Thornburg is charged with stealing a car, multiple counts of evading police, child abduction and DUI.

Brandon Bowman, 9, was in the car when it was stolen. When the boy's father saw that the van was gone, he flagged down a police officer. "I had just told him that somebody took off with my van and it had my son in it. I no longer got that out of my mouth and my van was going by."

When the boy asked Thornburg what he was doing, he said "We're going to see my family." The boy pleaded with the driver to drop him off at his church and the driver agreed. Brandon is safe today and his family is thankful.

Nursing home employees told the boys family that this is the third time that Thornburg has attempted to steal a car. Thornburg is currently being held in a Tennessee jail until he's extradited back to Virginia. For more, read the story.



Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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