A 15-year-old girl responsible stealing a car with a 14-month-old baby inside from a gas station parking lot the morning of April 2 was arrested by Milwaukee Police as she exited another stolen car on Milwaukee’s North Side later the same evening.
The incident began when a 28-year-old Milwaukee woman left her unattended 14-month-old baby boy inside of her 2007 Mazda 3 which she left with the keys in the ignition, running, and unlocked in a gas station parking lot at 3100 S. 60th Street at about 7:30 a.m. on April 2. As the child’s mother was inside of the gas station buying a soda she saw her car drive off, child still inside. Witnesses attempted to follow the car but were unable to keep up. Officers from Milwaukee Police Department’s District Six saturated the area, and an officer found the stolen car about 45 minutes later parked in the 3000 block of S. 50th Street. The car was still running, keys in the ignition, with the child in a car seat asleep and unharmed. The child was reunited with his mother.
Investigating officers developed a description of the suspect, as well as a description of a car the suspect was seen exiting shortly before the Mazda was stolen. Officers from District Seven were patrolling the area of N. 40th and W. Townsend Streets about 6:30 p.m. when they found the car described as the one used in the earlier incident parked in front of a residence. The suspect, who also matched the description of the suspect in the earlier auto theft, was arrested as she exited the car, which had been stolen on March 28 from the 5000 block of N. 69th Street.
The 15-year-old girl later told detectives that she had been riding with two other girls in the car that was stolen on March 28 when they found the Mazda running in the gas station parking lot. The 15-year-old took the Mazda, but only made it a short distance when she discovered that the baby was in the back seat. She then abandoned the car and fled with her friends in the other stolen car. The 15-year-old has been referred to Milwaukee County Children’s Court where she faces possible charges of auto theft, abduction, and child abandonment.
The 28-year-old woman who left her child alone in the car when it was stolen has been referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office who will determine whether charges against her are appropriate.