Police: Child was never in stolen vehicle, mom arrested

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Police are also searching for this suspect.

Detroit — Detroit police are now saying a 4-year-old boy thought to be in a vehicle stolen Saturday on the city's west side was never actually in the car to begin with.

Darnell Rutlege was at his grandmother's house located in the 19000 block of Mendota. The grandmother has legal guardianship.

His biological mother, 32, was arrested without incident. Police are still looking for the suspect who stole the vehicle. 

Police said the incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. when the mother went into the New Urban Beauty Supply Store located in the 15000 block of Joy Road. The suspect entered her vehicle and drove off.

The vehicle, a tan 2014 Ford Fusion with heavy damage to the driver's side was found in the 18000 block of Fitzpatrick.

The vehicle was recovered, but the child was not inside.

The suspect is described as a man wearing a black skull cap and black sweatpants with stripes along the sides of the legs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detroit Police Department's Sixth Precinct at (313) 596-5600 or CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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