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Fort Worth police question whether child was actually inside vehicle reported stolen

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Police who initially reported that they were looking for a child who was inside a vehicle that was reported stolen, now say that investigation has been downgraded to a stolen vehicle case.

Detectives are interviewing both the victim and a man in custody to better determine what happened, according to a police spokesman.

“It is unclear as to whether or not a child was involved at all,” a statement from police said.

A man who was detained in connection with the report could face charges related to stealing a vehicle, according to police.

A man told officers he was babysitting but had to drop off a package in the 4900 block of Fair Park Boulevard around 11:45 a.m. Sunday and that an adult who had accompanied him drove away with his vehicle with a 1-year-old child inside, according to police.

As the man walked away from the vehicle, the other adult inside slid over to the driver’s seat and sped away, he told police.

Police said they have located the vehicle and placed the man accused of driving away with the vehicle in custody. They have not located any child involved in this incident.

A description of the child that the man reported missing was not released.

The man who reported the car stolen said he had been hired to repair another man’s car and was dropping off something at the address on Fair Park, when the other man in the car sped away, according to Star-Telegram media partner WFAA.

The man and his mother tried to chase him down in another vehicle but could not catch him, the WFAA story said.

One of the neighbors who lives near the address where the incident occurred, Latricia Stewart, said she would be heartbroken if something like what the man reported had happened to her.

“I have grandchildren,” she said. “I’d be knocking on doors, I’d be calling the cops and cooperating in any way I could to find my baby.”

Stewart said she was surprised that anything like this might have happened in her neighborhood. Stewart said she knows the homeowners, and that is how she found out about the incident after she got home from church.

“I’d be out looking myself,” Stewart said.

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