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6-month-old found safe after car theft on Indy's near east side

IMPD said the child was found Tuesday around 1:40 a.m. The car has not been located.

INDIANAPOLIS — A 6-month-old child has been found safe after he was inside a car that was stolen from a gas station on the near east side of Indianapolis Monday night, IMPD said.

IMPD said the child was found Tuesday around 1:40 a.m. The car has not been located.

(Editor's note: We have removed from this story an image of a tweet from IMPD that previously referred to an alleged suspect in this case. In a subsequent update, an IMPD spokesperson said "suspect information is not being released at this point in time because we're still trying to determine what that person's involvement was with this incident.") 

On Monday, officers were searching for a white Ford Fusion with a temporary license plate number R229474. 

The vehicle was reported stolen around 9:30 p.m. from a Marathon gas station at East Michigan and North Randolph streets on the near east side of Indianapolis.

Officers responding to the gas station were told a 6-month-old baby was inside the vehicle when it was stolen.

The car, which has a white grille, silver rims and damage to the passenger side, was reported last seen traveling east against traffic on East Michigan Street.  

Credit: IMPD
IMPD tweeted a photo of a stolen Ford Fusion that may have a 6-month-old child inside.

An IMPD spokesperson said the investigation brought together multiple agencies, including state and federal authorities. 

IMPD Capt. Mike Leepper said the child was not injured or harmed when he was found. Leepper did not say where the child was found.

"We believe, right now at this point in time, we have at least some of the parties involved in contact with officers, and the suspect information is not being released at this point in time because we're still trying to determine what that person's involvement was with this incident," Leepper said.

Credit: WTHR/Rachael Krause

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