Car with baby inside stolen as father buys cigarettes

Batey was charged with child neglect and driving without a license

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A father was arrested late Saturday night after his car was stolen with his 19-month-old daughter inside.

According to Metro police, 46-year-old Emanuel Batey went into a store at 2600 Clarksville Pike to buy cigarettes. He left his daughter in the backseat of the unlocked car, with the keys in the ignition.

According to an affidavit, “the design of the store did not allow [Batey] to keep watch over his child while inside the store.”

While he was inside, another man got into the car and drove away with the child still inside. The father called police after realizing his car and daughter were gone.

A police sergeant who responded to the scene called a cell phone that had been left inside the stolen vehicle. According to a Metro police lieutenant, the suspected car thief answered the phone and then agreed to surrender the car and child at the intersection of Heiman Street and 14th Ave North, a little over a mile from where the car was taken.

The suspected car thief was identified as Frederick Rutherford. He has been charged with vehicle theft, child endangerment, kidnapping and driving under the influence.

The bond amount and a court date for Rutherford were not immediately known.

Batey was charged with child neglect and driving without a license. He is due in court December 14.

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