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Van with Child Inside Stolen in Latonia

A 13-year old faces charges after a van with a young child inside was stolen from Indiana Avenue in Latonia late Thursday afternoon.

Covington Police responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. after receiving a call that indicated a woman saw her van driven away after she had briefly walked from it with her 22-month old child inside. The vehicle was swiftly abandoned with the child still inside.

Police conducted a search around Latonia Terrace housing community where witness descriptions led them to interrogate a 13- and 14-year old at police headquarters. The 13-year old, police said, still had the woman's mobile phone in his pocket. 

That juvenile was charged with kidnapping, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. Police said the juvenile admitted to stealing the vehicle.

The 14-year old was not charged and was released to his parents.

This story may be updated.

-Staff report