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Infant in stolen SUV found safe, search underway for suspect, Richland Co. Sheriff says

The infant inside an SUV that was stolen Monday morning was found and is safe, but a search is underway for the suspect, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.

At about 7 a.m., a 2017 silver Jeep Cherokee was stolen from a residence on Alexander Pointe Drive, Capt. Maria Yturria said in an interview with The State.

A 10-month-old baby was inside the running vehicle and its parent had stepped inside the home when it was stolen, according to Yturria.

About 30 minutes after the Jeep was stolen, the child was found near the intersection of Garners Ferry Road and Congress Run, Yturria said. That is about four miles from where the SUV was stolen.

The child was in good condition and returned to family, Yturria said. The sheriff’s department believes the suspected car thief dropped the infant off and put it out on the corner.

The Jeep, with South Carolina tag RBM503, has not been recovered and there is a search for the suspect, who will likely face multiple charges if captured.

In addition to stolen vehicle crimes, the suspect would also likely face kidnapping charges, according to Yturria.

Information was not available if any possible charges would be filed against the parent.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or report it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State focused on breaking news, public safety and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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