Suspect wanted for stealing car with 9-month-old inside identified

9-month-old found safe after being taken inside stolen vehicle

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 9-month-old was found safe after being taken inside a stolen vehicle in Whitehaven on Monday night.

The baby’s mother called police and said her car was taken near Millbranch and Winchester Roads on Monday night.

The 2013 Dodge Dart was found shortly after at Orleans Road and Raines Road.

Police say the child’s mother left the car unattended when it was stolen, that’s when a male suspect got out of a black Nissan sedan, and into her car.

“That’s the first priority right there. Children come first any day, anybody’s children,” neighbor Johnathan Lassiter said. “How somebody could jump in somebody’s car and take the vehicle with the baby in it...that’s inhumane.”

Investigators released these photos of the suspect Tuesday.

Car theft suspect with 9-month-old inside (Source: MPD)
Car theft suspect with 9-month-old inside (Source: MPD)
Car theft suspect with 9-month-old inside (Source: MPD)
Car theft suspect with 9-month-old inside (Source: MPD)

The child’s mother was issued a misdemeanor citation for leaving the baby in the car unattended.

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