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Man Indicted in Case of Stolen Car with Baby in Backseat

By: Michael Clouse; Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Michael Clouse; Jeremy Edwards Email
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UPDATE 3/13/13 @ 11:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of stealing a car with a baby in the backseat has been indicted.

Thursday a grand jury from Kanawha County handed down the indictment against Christopher Linville.

Back on January 6th, 2014, police say Linville took off in the car, which was running, at the Go-Mart on Washington Street West in Charleston.

Linville abandoned the car, in freezing cold temperatures, once he realized an infant was in the back seat.

The nine-month-old-baby was found unharmed a short while later.

Linville's next court appearance is Wednesday March 19.

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UPDATE 1/7/13 @ 12:26 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 20-year-old has been charged with stealing a car with a baby inside.

The car was stolen from a gas station on Washington Street East just before 2 p.m. Monday.

Charleston Police say a woman went into the gas station to get a cup of coffee and Chris Linville, 20, stole the car, with a nine-month-baby inside.

"You know that every second is going to count," said Lieutenant Steve Cooper with the Charleston Police Department. "Every law enforcement officer in the region was helping out."

An off-duty police officer later found the baby inside the vehicle along Wertz Avenue, but Linville was gone.

Medics were called to the scene to check the baby, but dispatchers say it appears the 9-month-old boy was in good condition.

They believe the baby was in the abandoned car for 50 minutes before being found.

"It was eight degrees outside and with the windchill, it was negative nine, said Lt. Cooper.

A state police K9 squad tracked Linville to a nearby apartment.

He was arrested and charged with grand larceny, child neglect with substantial risk of injury or death, and abduction.

"I would like to say sorry to the whole family. It was a bad decision that I had, that I made," said Linville.

Though this case had a miraculous outcome, it offers a warning to everyone during these cold, winter days.

"If you leave your car running, it is at risk of being stolen," said Lt. Cooper.

West Virginia State Police were preparing to issue an Amber Alert when the baby and the car were found.

WVSP assisted in the search.



UPDATE 1/6/14 @ 3:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police have released the name of the suspect accused of stealing a car with a baby inside.

The car was stolen from a gas station on Washington Street East just before 2 p.m.

Police say a woman went into the gas station to get a cup of coffee when Chris Linville jumped in the car and took off.

Police later found the baby inside the vehicle along Wertz Avenue, but Linville was gone.

Medics were called to the scene to check the baby, but dispatchers say it appears the 9-month-old was in good condition.

Investigators later found Linville and he is now in custody.

Right now, crews are in the process of towing the car from Wertz Avenue.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com they were ready to issue an Amber Alert when the vehicle and child were found.

We have a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 1/6/14 @ 3:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Metro 911 Dispatchers in Kanawha County say a man accused of stealing a car with a baby inside has been caught.

The car was stolen from a gas station on Washington Street East just before 2 p.m.

The car was found a short time later on Wertz Avenue in Charleston, with the baby still inside. The suspect was nowhere to be found, but was later caught by police.

Crews are in the process of towing the car.

The suspect's name has not been released.

Medics were called to the scene to check the baby, but dispatchers say it appears the 9-month-old is in good condition.

We have crews on the scene.

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UPDATE 1/6/14 @ 2:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are searching for a man who stole a car with a baby inside.

It happened at a gas station on Washington Street East just before 2 p.m.

Charleston Police say a woman went into the gas station to get a cup of coffee when the man jumped in the car and took off.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the car has been located with the baby inside.

Medics have been called to the scene to check the baby, but dispatchers say it appears the 9-month-old is in good condition.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/6/14 @ 1:45 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police say they are looking for a car that was stolen from a gas station on Charleston's east end with a young child inside.

The incident was reported just before 2 p.m. at the One Stop on Washington Street East.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com, they are looking for a four door white Saturn car.

Police say the mother of the child went into the gas station to get a cup of coffee when the man jumped in the car and took off.

Police don't believe the man knew there was a baby in the car when he stole it.

An Amber Alert has been issued for the child.

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