Security cameras at the gas station, 2391 N. Dixie Highway, captured the teen as he walked up to a white Toyota Camry, got in and drove off with a 1-year-old child riding in the back seat July 25.
The child, Kayden Cornish, was recovered unharmed in the car about 20 minutes after being taken. Deputies discovered the car abandoned in the middle of a dark roadway near 1541 NW Second Ave., a residential area about two miles from the 7-Eleven. The car was still running, with the keys in the ignition.
A recording of the 911 call placed by the child’s mother showed her despair as she attempted to report what happened when she went inside the store to buy a Slurpee, leaving her son strapped into his car seat and the car running.
“Someone just stole my car and my baby’s in the car,” Pamela Goodwin told the dispatcher. “I was in the store for like less than a second, and I came outside and my baby is gone.”
While deputies searched for her son, Goodwin became “hysterical” and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment, according to an incident report.
The juvenile is facing charges of grand theft, larceny, burglary of a conveyance and abuse of a child without bodily harm, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives said the teen was operating as part of a four-man team. The investigation is ongoing; subsequent arrests are expected.
Authorities ask anyone with information to call detectives at 954-786-4201. Tips can also be submitted to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or browardcrimestoppers.org. Anonymous tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a reward of up to $3,000.