Baby found safe after minivan stolen in Philadelphia

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Action News has learned a 4-month-old child has been found safe, after a minivan the infant was in was stolen in West Philadelphia. (WPVI)

A 4-month-old baby has been found safe after a minivan the infant was in was stolen in Philadelphia.

The theft happened before 8 a.m. Monday in the 4800 block of Walnut Street.

The baby's father apparently left the vehicle running with the baby inside in a car seat when someone jumped in the minivan and drove off.

According to police, a short time later they think the driver realized there was a baby in the back and stopped to take the baby out of the vehicle.

The father had left his cell phone in the minivan. So, he used another phone to text his phone, asking about his baby's whereabouts.

Surprisingly, the suspect texted the father back, saying the baby was left near Penn and Greene streets.

14th District officers responded and located the baby on the steps of a home near that intersection.

The baby was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital where the child was treated and released, and is said to be OK.

18th District officers transported the family to Southwest Detectives where they will give their statements.

Police spent the morning reviewing surveillance video from a corner store that captured images of the missing minivan.

The vehicle is described as a white 2013 Chrysler Town and Country, with tags: JMX 6013.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia police.

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