POLICE: 2 arrested after car stolen with toddler inside in Shively

Thieves steal car with toddler inside

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- There is no such thing as the perfect crime police say, but you can bet Shively officers are glad that their most recent car theft ended the way it did.

Sergeant Josh Myers with Shively Police said, "A stolen car is bad enough but when there's a child in the car it adds another layer to it and we're just very fortunate to be able to report today that that child is doing very well."

Police said a grandmother left her car running Wednesday morning, Oct. 26, while she ran into the Dixie Food Mart, on Dixie Highway at Mary Catherine Drive.

Eighteen-year-old Darrick Murphy and a 17-year-old boy jumped into the car and took off with her 3-year-old grandson in the backseat.

The Dixie Food Mart Owner who did not want his identity revealed explains the moments after the car was taken.

"The lady came out here yelling that the car was stolen and the baby was in there and somebody took the car and she came in to tell me to call 911."

Police say the 911 call came in around 9:20 a.m., they say the suspects probably didn't know the toddler was in the backseat. The toddler was taken out of his car seat and placed on the side of Luken Drive, near Dixie Highway.

Police said the suspects abandoned the car a block away on Theresa Avenue, they were arrested shortly after.

"Fortunately, there was a witness there when this happened and was able to stand with the child until police were on scene," Myers said. 

Officers said Murphy and the other teen took off running, over the railroad tracks on Theresa Avenue and headed towards 7th Street Road. The 17-year-old boy was found hiding in a dumpster.

It was a wild morning, which at least has a young boy back in the arms of his family.

Police say the toddler was able to give an interview. During the interview, he told the police he asked the suspects what they were doing "driving Grammy's car."

Police say it is a violation to leave your car running and unattended in Kentucky. The grandmother is not expected to face any charges.

 


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