Child found inside Rotorua abandoned stolen car

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A young boy has been reunited with his mother after he was found in an abandoned stolen car on Monday afternoon.

The toddler was reported missing by his father, who posted on the Rotorua Buy Sell Swap and Deals Facebook page pleading for help.

"Reward will be given to whoever brings my son back tonight!" he wrote.

The car was found on Rimu St in Rotorua, at around 4:45pm on Monday, after police were called about reports of a stolen vehicle on the corner of nearby Pererika St and Old Taupo Rd.

Police say the boy was unharmed and has since been reunited with his mother.

An investigation into the theft is continuing and police are speaking with witnesses.