17-year-old charged in car theft with infant inside
A 17-year-old teen has been charged in connection to the May 16 theft of the vehicle containing 3-month-old Dakota Grimes, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Thursday.
The teen, Donald Javar Moorlet-Porter, was arraigned Thursday at 36th District Court for unlawful driving away of an automobile and child endangerment. He received a $30,000/10 percent bond.
The morning of the car theft, Grimes’ father left her inside the car when he visited a liquor store on the 16600 block of Harper, on the east side. When he was inside, authorities say, Moorlet-Porter stole the car and drove away before noticing the baby inside. Authorities believe Moorlet-Porter left Grimes, and her car seat, on the porch of a home on the 9100 block of Lakepointe.
Just as an Amber Alert was issued that morning about 7:15 a.m., Gary Zielinski walked to his friend Ron Harper’s house, hoping to get an early start to the work day ahead, when he noticed a baby on the front porch.
“I almost stumbled over her,” Zielinski said at the time.
Harper and Zielinski took the baby inside and called authorities after receiving the Amber Alert and seeing stories about the missing baby on the news. Police arrived within minutes. At a news conference that morning at the Detroit Police Department’s 9th precinct, police chief James Craig verbally chastised Grimes’ father for leaving the baby unattended in a running vehicle, but the father was not charged with any crime.
Moorlet-Porter is due back in court for a probable cause conference on June 3 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Gregory Bill at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. His preliminary exam is scheduled for June 9 at 9 a.m.