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A baby was discovered safe after briefly being missing when the car the infant was in was stolen near a Chipotle restaurant in Fontana Monday afternoon.

Christopher Tanpinu Agbaosi is seen in a booking photo released by Fontana police.
Christopher Tanpinu Agbaosi is seen in a booking photo released by Fontana police.

Fontana Police Department officers were dispatched shortly before 2 p.m. to the Chipotle at 10515 Sierra Ave. after the vehicle’s owner reported a black man had jumped into her car with child inside the vehicle, according to a police news release.

The car had been left unattended “for a short time” and the keys had been left in the ignition, the release stated.

The vehicle was described as a silver or gray 2013 Kia Optima. It had tinted windows all around and stock wheels and rims, police said.

Police spokesman Jay Sayegh said the car was found and a suspect was taken into custody. The child is OK, Sayegh said.

Police issued the news release about the missing child just before 3 p.m.; Sayegh told KTLA about 3:15 p.m. the car and child had been found.

The suspect, 45-year-old Christopher Tanpinu Agbaosi, of Rialto, was arrested without incident after abandoning the car in Norco, an updated police news release stated. 

He was found a short distance away from the vehicle, with the child in his arms, according to authorities.

The baby appeared to be uninjured, but was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

A Police Department Facebook post initially described the car thief as a black man between 35 and 40 years old, possibly a transient. The baby was described as 7 weeks old.