MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis man has been charged after police said he left a child in a car when someone stole the vehicle.
Officers responded to an auto theft/kidnapping call in the 6200 block of Macon in the parking lot of the Luck 7 Food Mart on Monday evening.
Defendant Javier Jimenez, 19, told officers someone stole his car while he was inside the store.
Jimenez left his 8-year-old cousin in the backseat of the car while it was still running, according to police.
MPD requested additional officers to patrol the area and search for the child.
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Investigators eventually found the car less than a mile away at the Canterbury Woods Apartments.
The 8-year-old was asleep in the car when officers located the vehicle.
Jimenez was arrested and charged with child neglect/endangerment. His next court date is 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.
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