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Posted at 6:48 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Baby stolen along with car

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post editors

Two men stole a car from a social worker in Capitol Heights Wednesday afternoon -- only to realize blocks later they had a baby in tow, police said.

The incident started about 2:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of Doppler Street, said Cpl. Evan Baxter, a Prince George's County police spokesman. That's where a social worker with an infant boy in his car went inside a residence to talk to the boy's family. As he did so, two men dressed in all black jumped in his car and took off -- with the baby still in the car, Baxter said.

The men stopped several blocks away in the 700 block of Opus Avenue, parked the car and locked the doors with the baby inside, Baxter said. They fled. Police arrived minutes later and freed the baby, and they are continuing to look for the men, he said.

The baby, Baxter said, was unharmed.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 22, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
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Just curious -- the social worker left the baby in the car while he was inside a home? And how did the thieves "jump in and take off"? Was the car unlocked, or were the keys inside? This article is short on some important details. The details may, in the end, be benign. But this occurred while a county public safety staffperson (whether employee or contractor) was working. I hope there will be follow-up information.

Posted by: sheckycat | December 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that this social worker did something that could get any parent reported to social services...leaving a child alone in a car. Last summer, a girlfriend of mine was threatened with social services by a cop who caught her leaving her car full of kids to drop a box at UPS.

Posted by: beedeegirl | December 22, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't rush to judge the victim. WE don't have enough facts.

Posted by: darrren12000 | December 22, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Why would a social worker leave a baby in the car and literally go INSIDE a house? I hope THAT is really being looked at....On the other hand, I am GLAD the robbers realized a child was in the car, parked it and LOCKED the doors and the baby was not harmed. And for future thieves..don't those ZIP cars have tracking systems?

Posted by: mztina608 | December 23, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Well thank goodness we have that social worker to ensure the child's safety! He was taking that kid from his mother to make sure he was properly cared by all means put him in the car, either leave the keys in it or leave it running only so that it can be stolen.
At least the child is safe but someone is going to ask that social worker some tough questions.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Everyone is focused on the social worker. I think it's funny that thieves want a car but didn't want the kid. They left the car intact, with the chid locked inside so nothing would happen to the child.

You have to admit the irony of the thieves taking more effort to keep the kid safe than the social worker.

Posted by: Ksuccess | December 23, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Is the social worker still employed? This individual is responsible for evaluating other human beings?!

Posted by: nativedc | December 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Ksuccess wrote: You have to admit the irony of the thieves taking more effort to keep the kid safe than the social worker.
My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: carlaclaws | December 23, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

See also: irony

Posted by: MyPostYourPostLetsCallTheWholeThingOff | December 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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