A 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday with first degree kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle after allegedly stealing a car with a one-year-old child in the back seat, said Southern Pines Police Department in a news release.

The child was found unharmed July 5 when his mother’s vehicle was abandoned a short distance from where she was making a food delivery in Southern Pines.

The child’s mother was making a food delivery at Timberlane Apartments on Murray Hill Road for DoorDash when the car was stolen just after 9 p.m. 

The mother told police when she arrived at the apartments there were “an unusual number of people in the area.”

It is reported that she left her car unlocked with the engine running.

The suspect left the vehicle parked on South Gaines Street in Southern Pines, and authorities found the child inside the car at 10:15 p.m.

The teenager’s identity was not released because of his age.

“This juvenile is a resident of Southern Pines, North Carolina and was located in Aberdeen,
North Carolina by officers from the Southern Pines Police Department’s Investigation Division,” said Southern Pines Police Department.


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