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story.lead_photo.caption Belen Acevedo - Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's office

A teen accused of stealing an Audi SUV while a 3-month-old boy was inside Wednesday evening was caught after a brief chase, and the child's mother was also arrested on a child endangerment charge, police said Thursday.

The 15-year-old theft suspect's name wasn't released. The infant's mother, Belen Acevedo, 37, of Little Rock is accused of leaving her son unattended in the running vehicle before it was stolen. She remained in the Pulaski County jail on Thursday morning with bail not yet set.

Police said the black Audi Q5 was stolen while the child inside about 5:30 p.m. in the area of Alexander Road and Stagecoach Road. The infant was later located unharmed in the 1200 block of Stagecoach Road.

The 15-year-old boy stole the vehicle while the infant was in the back seat, then set the child on the ground a few blocks away, Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Michael Ford previously said.

While getting information from Acevedo, officers noticed the stolen vehicle exiting the K-Wood Mobile Home Park located on Stagecoach Road. The driver got out and ran, but was tackled by officers and arrested after a brief struggle, police said, noting officers found a bag of pills in his pocket.

A passenger in the stolen vehicle ran into the trailer park and wasn't located, but a stolen 2004 Hyundai Sonata found in the area was identified as being used by the two assailants in the theft of the Audi, according to a report.

The juvenile suspect was charged with two counts of theft of property and felony possession of drugs. He was booked into the Pulaski County juvenile detention center.

The Child Abuse Hot Line was notified of this incident and the child was released to his father, the report states.


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  • HarleyOwner
    December 6, 2018 at 11:22 a.m.

    Sounds like the 15 year old will just get a slap on the wrist while the woman is sitting in jail.

  • mrcharles
    December 6, 2018 at 12:24 p.m.

    regardless of skin pigmentation, religious affiliation, or political party affiliation, adults who put children in danger should be severely punished. Children are like adam before the fall of man, innocent to the world.

  • Testingonetwothree
    December 6, 2018 at 1:22 p.m.

    15 year old should be charged with kidnapping. Auto theft. Resisting arrest. Plus auto theft again for the other car. Long prison sentences are all the thugs understand.

  • MaxCady
    December 6, 2018 at 1:46 p.m.

    Why wasn't that young man at home doing his homework?

  • Murphy01
    December 6, 2018 at 2:12 p.m.

    Exactly Max, that's where my 15 year old was. And many people that comment on here think a new Mayor and police chief will put an end to this? The problem is much deeper than that, yet people today don't want to be held accountable for their own choices and actions. I remember last week an interview with city director Richardson regarding either the triple murder or another that was committed after, (who can keep up) in which he said something to the effect of, well we must build trust between the police and the "community". I shook my head and thought to myself, he's blaming the lack of trust in LRPD for a murder? People like him are part of the problem.

  • Packman
    December 6, 2018 at 3:31 p.m.

    What the hell does " the area of Alexander Road and Stagecoach Road." mean? What was momma doing? Did she run in for a quickie with a boyfriend? Did she run in for a pack of smokes from a convenience store? What was the urgency that required her to leave her vehicle running and child inside? Whatever happened to real reporters?
    Not to defend criminal behavior but lots of teenagers go joy riding that are otherwise good kids. This was a crime of opportunity. Obviously, the teenager had some decency about them because they made sure no harm came to the baby.

  • Libertarian
    December 6, 2018 at 8:57 p.m.

    Testingonetwothree, at 15 he doesn't understand much of anything. I thought I did at that age, but in retrospect, I know now that I didn't. Fortunately, my parents were pretty decent role models, and I was raised with love. One suspects this kid hasn't had much of either.

  • MaxCady
    December 7, 2018 at 12:33 a.m.

    Sad but true, Murph, sad but true.