Orange County deputies arrest teen accused of stealing car with baby inside
Caleb King, 14, faces kidnapping of a child charges
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County deputies said Wednesday they have arrested a 14-year-old boy for stealing a car with an 11-month-old baby inside last month.
Immediately after the incident on Aug. 5, deputies released a sketch the person they thought was the suspect, described as a man with long dreadlocks between 25-30 years old.
Darwin Philistin, 11 months old, spent hours in the hospital suffering from dehydration after being left in a hot car that deputies say was stolen by Caleb King, 14.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is not saying how, or even when, they made the arrest, but the baby's family said they were in Juvenile Court Tuesday to see the teen accused of kidnapping their son.
Darwin's relatives said they were speechless when they learned a teen had been arrested instead of the man in the sketch.
According to the deputy's report, Darwin's father had just strapped him in his car seat at the Millenium Pointe Apartments. He went back inside the apartment for just a few moments and came back out to find the car and his baby gone.
Deputies found Darwin 90 minutes later in the locked, hot car. They smashed the windows and tried to cool the baby down.
Then, OCSO sent out a sketch of who they thought was the suspect, a man in his late 20s. Instead, Darwin's family got a letter last week telling them deputies had arrested a teen.
"He is a 14-year-old boy, so we were really shocked," said Kimberly Charles, a relative who was at the scene. "We were talking about someone older doing this stuff. And according to what they said, it's not the first time. He was doing that since he was 8 years old. He was like a trouble maker, and now he is getting himself into more trouble."
The Sheriff's Office is not saying if the man in the sketch is still a suspect in the kidnapping.
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