UPDATE: Man Arrested After Louisiana State Police Recover Stolen Car with Baby Inside

A Lafayette man has been booked in connection with the theft of a car Tuesday that had a baby girl inside.

Posted: Jun 29, 2021 2:55 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 5:03 PM

(KADN) - UPDATE- A Lafayette man has been booked in connection with the theft of a car Tuesday that had a baby girl inside. Eric Lee LaSalle, 42, is facing charges of simple kidnapping and unauthorized use of a movalbe.

He's being held on an $80,000 bond.

LaSalle allegedly stole the vehicle in the 2000 block of NW Evangeline Thruway. The child's mother told Lafayette Police she had left the car locked and running with the air conditioner on when a man jumped into the vehicle and took off.

State Police recovered the car and the baby after a miles-long pursuit into St. Landry Parish.


(KADN) - A baby was found safe in St. Landry Parish inside a car that had been stolen in Lafayette around 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of NW Evangeline Thruway.

The child's mother told Lafayette Police she had left the car locked and running with the air conditioner on when a man jumped into the vehicle and took off.

State Police recovered the car and the baby. The case remains under investigation.

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