A 6-year-old Mississippi boy was found dead from a gunshot wound on Thursday in the back of a car that had been stolen from his mother hours earlier in Jackson, Miss., the authorities said.
Ebony Archie, the boy’s mother, had left him in a running Toyota Camry at about 1:15 a.m. while she ducked into a Kroger grocery store, according to Heath Hall, a spokesman for Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker.
At some point during the 10 to 15 minutes that she was gone, a Honda Civic pulled up and someone jumped out and got into the Camry, taking the car and the boy, Kingston Frazier.
Ms. Archie notified a law enforcement officer at the grocery store, who began filing a report for a missing car before realizing later that Kingston had been taken, too, the authorities said at a news conference.
An Amber Alert was issued at about 4:15 a.m., describing Frazier as 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 40 pounds. He had last been seen wearing a white tank top, khaki pants and “black and gold Jordan tennis shoes,” it read.
About 9:30 a.m., however, the authorities found Kingston dead with a gunshot wound to the back of his head, Mr. Hall said.