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Mom turns her son in as teen is accused of stealing a car with a baby inside, cops say

Fort Lauderdale police released this surveillance photo image of a man running after they say he stole a Toyota with a baby inside on April 4, 2018. Terrance Thorpe Jr. was arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and desertion of a child on April 5, 2018.
Fort Lauderdale police released this surveillance photo image of a man running after they say he stole a Toyota with a baby inside on April 4, 2018. Terrance Thorpe Jr. was arrested and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle and desertion of a child on April 5, 2018.

A Fort Lauderdale teenager got more than he wanted when he allegedly stole a car.

First, there was a 1-year-old baby inside the Toyota Avalon.

Now, Fort Lauderdale police have given him two charges: grand theft of a motor vehicle and desertion of a child.

Terrance Thorpe Jr., 16, was arrested, charged and taken into custody Thursday morning after his mother recognized her son from a surveillance video released to the media, according to the police report.

Lashanda Jones contacted Fort Lauderdale police to turn her son in on Wednesday night. They both went to the station a few hours later.

Police say Thorpe abandoned the car, and the baby, at Northwest 24th Avenue and 19th Street in a church parking lot, less than a mile from where he took the car about 20 minutes after the theft on Wednesday.

The baby, Sariah Rabb, was reunited with her father, Jonathan Rabb, shortly after. Rabb told WPLG-Channel 10 he had gone inside a home to pick up something for his daughter, who was sleeping in the Toyota, and had left the parked car running.

According to the affidavit, Thorpe asked to speak to a detective at the Fort Lauderdale police station about the incident. While waiting, he allegedly "spontaneously uttered to officers that he took the vehicle with a baby in it, and did not realize he could stay with the baby until officers arrived."

Police say he told officers at the station that he left the air conditioning on in the Toyota to make sure the baby was not harmed, the report said. Police said that Thorpe told them he thought he was going to get robbed when he saw the car with its engine running on Northwest 26th Avenue, so he got into the car to get away.

"Thorpe knows or should have known that the desertion of a child exposes the child to unreasonable risk of harm," the arrest report read. Rabb told police he had not given anyone permission to take his car.

Thorpe, who was on probation for misdemeanors, was ordered held for 21 days until his next court hearing.

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