Memphis teen charged with kidnapping for stealing car with baby inside - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis teen charged with kidnapping for stealing car with baby inside

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis teenager has been charged with felony theft of property and kidnapping, accused of stealing a car with an 11-month-old baby boy in the backseat. Investigators have not released the 17-year-old suspect's identity.

According to police, Amber Tyson left her child in a running car as she went into the Shell Station on Covington Pike around 1:00 Wednesday morning. When Tyson exited the store, the suspect sped off with her son still inside.

Sandra Williams, who was shopping inside the store as the incident unfolded, said Tyson ran back inside, frantically asking for help. "I think it was a terrible thing, and you know - everybody should - you know, not to leave babies in the cars."

Less than an hour later, police found Tyson's son just a few blocks away. The baby was frightened but unharmed as he sat in a breezeway at the Jennifer Meadows Apartment complex on Raleigh LaGrange.

Tyson's car was also recovered.

"At least they found the baby, and everything turned out good," resident Eric Jones said. "I'm just glad the baby was returned to its mother."

But Tyson's problems didn't end there. When Memphis police arrived, they took a statement from her and performed a criminal background check. Officers found she had an outstanding arrest warrant in Bartlett for failing to pay fines and appear in court.

Bartlett officers were called to take her into custody, but she was later released.

A Memphis Police Department spokesperson said Wednesday that officials don't plan to charge Tyson for leaving her baby behind.

Tyson told Action News 5 she was too embarrassed to make a public statement, and said she terrible about what had happened.


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