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Teen arrested after dropping off baby near intersection

Carlos Bustamante // Pharr Police Department Photo

The Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Department arrested a juvenile after he allegedly stole a car with a 5-month-old inside.

Carlos Bustamante was arrested on charges of kidnapping, child endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Sgt. Maribel Garza with the Pharr Police Department.

On Halloween night, Pharr police responded to the call and were told the 16-year-old took off with the baby in a 2002 white Pontiac Gran Prix.

The victim told authorities Bustamante was a passenger in the vehicle and had taken the car without her consent.

Pharr police were able to call Bustamante on a cell phone and he allegedly told authorities he would leave the baby in the parking lot of the San Juan Basilica Shrine.

After a search, the 5-month-old was found unharmed by authorities near 1st and Lincoln Streets in San Juan.

Bustamante was arrested on Saturday and will have a hearing scheduled for the alleged crime.

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