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CMPD: 3 arrested after stealing car with 4-year-old inside

A 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested for the incident. A 12-year-old was also charged after police say they acted as a 'lookout.'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two teenagers and a 12-year-old were arrested Monday after police said they stole a car with a four-year-old child inside.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to a kidnapping call around 6:15 p.m. on Monday in east Charlotte. A caller told officials her car had been stolen with a 4-year-old inside.

Police said surveillance video shows the three juveniles "snooped" around the car before two of them drove off with the vehicle. They said the third was acting as a lookout before running away from the laundromat.

Officers located the vehicle and attempted to stop the driver, who refused to stop, according to police. The driver crashed the vehicle near the intersection of North Graham Street and Rumple Road around 7 p.m.

At the crash scene, two suspects, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were taken into custody. The 4-year-old was located inside the car unharmed.

The two teenagers are facing charges of kidnapping and possession of a stolen vehicle. The 15-year-old is also charged with felony flee to elude.

Police also arrested the 12-year-old and charged them with conspiracy to commit larceny of a motor vehicle for their involvement. 

The mother of the 4-year-old was also cited. Police said she left her car running with her child inside while she did laundry inside the laundromat. Police said the child was left alone for 20 minutes.

The names of the suspects were not released publically because of their ages. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. 


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