Parents helplessly watch train speed off with their baby on board

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FILE: A commuter train stands on a platform of the Duesseldorf Wehrhahn station in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on January 24, 2018. (Credit: MARTIN GERTEN/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)

BERLIN (AP) — A baby in Germany has been reunited with its parents after they watched in horror as it sped off on a train without them on board, police said Monday.

Federal police said the father had put a stroller with his 11-month-old child inside onto the train but was waiting on the platform for his wife to join them when the doors closed and it pulled out of Duesseldorf station early Sunday.

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The panicked parents rushed to a taxi in hopes of catching the train at its next stop in the nearby city of Duisburg. But passengers who spotted the unaccompanied baby alerted the conductor, who ordered the train to return to Duesseldorf.

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The parents eventually returned too and “the baby was handed back into the care of its grateful parents,” police said in a statement.

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