A 13-year-old from Niagara Falls stole a car Monday night with a baby inside.

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The teen stole the car around 10 pm on Monday night (July 13), according to WKBW.  The eight-month-old baby was inside the car when the incident happened.  The vehicle, which was located outside the Falls City Market at the corner of 19th Street and Ashland Avenue, had been left running. The father left the child unattended, while he went into the store.

Niagara Falls Police located the car and the baby, who was unharmed, about a half of a mile away from the crime scene, about 20 minutes after the incident. The 13-year-old allegedly stole another car earlier in July. The teen has been charged with grand larceny. The teen will appear in Family Court on the charges, according to WIVB. The father of the infant was cited for leaving the baby alone in the car and a seat violation, according to WIVB.

Thankfully, the baby was returned to its family unharmed. It just goes to show that something tragic can happen in a moment. Even if you think, "this will only take a minute," it's best to take the kids out and turn the car off. I hope the parents or guardians of the 13-year-old can help the teen get on the right path. That's such a young age to already be an alleged repeat offender.

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