Toddler found safe after being taken in stolen car in New Haven, suspect still at-large

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police Department report officers are investigating a car stolen with a young child inside Sunday afternoon.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the child has been found. As of Monday afternoon, police have located the vehicle, but the search is still on for the suspect.

NHPD reports the incident began around 2:45 p.m. when the child’s mother – a 35-year-old Bridgeport woman – left her black Acura SUV unlocked and running with her 2-year-old son inside on Temple Street at Chapel to pick up a to-go food order at a Chapel Street restaurant.

According to police, the woman told them “she was only a few feet away at the restaurant and within view of her vehicle when an unknown male entered her vehicle and drove away on Temple Street.” The woman’s toddler was still inside.

A witness told police he saw the mother chasing after her stolen vehicle on foot.

As officers began a search for the child, a caller to police reported finding an unattended child several blocks away on Beers Street. Police report the good Samaritan provided a blanket and snack for the boy while they waited for authorities.

Police and fire crews responded with the mother to the scene and confirmed the child was not hurt.

Just before 8 p.m. Sunday, NHPD Narcotics Enforcement Unit members found the unoccupied stolen vehicle on Springside Avenue between Blake Street and Hard Street. 

As part of the investigation, detectives have impounded the vehicle and held it for forensic testing.

Police made available to the woman and child the counseling services of Yale Child Study.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous.

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