Police Nab Homeless Woman Suspected of Taking SUV With Child Inside - NBC Southern California

Police Nab Homeless Woman Suspected of Taking SUV With Child Inside

The vehicle was found, with the unharmed child inside, about 5 p.m. the same day, abandoned about a mile and a half away near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Lake Street, police said.

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    A homeless woman was facing charges Monday after being arrested for allegedly taking an SUV with a 20-month-old child inside near Marina del Rey.

    A mother had left the child in her running car about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 2 while she entered a shoe store in the 13400 block of Maxella Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    "When she returned, she discovered her car and child were missing," according to a police statement.

    The vehicle was found, with the unharmed child inside, about 5 p.m. the same day, abandoned about a mile and a half away near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Lake Street, police said.

    Investigators obtained security video showing the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Mandy Xing, and on Thursday detectives spotted her in the 4000 block of Del Rey Avenue, where she was arrested.

    Police said Ming admitted to taking the SUV for a joy ride and abandoned the vehicle when she realized the child was inside.

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