CHICAGO - Authorities alleged a man kidnapped a child during what was originally thought to be an auto theft.

The incident started in the 4800 block of W. Fullerton Avenue around 11:00 p.m last night in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the city's northwest side.

Police say an adult woman went into a retail store and left her car running with her 15 year-old female and a 1 year-old male child inside.

A Hispanic man then jumped into the wiman's black SUV and fled with the two children.

The offender drove to the intersection of Belden and LaPorte, which is approximately 2 square blocks to the southwest, where he told the 15 year-old female to get out of the vehicle and then he continued to flee with the 1-year-old.

An incident report went out for the SUV and it was observed by officers who followed it to the 3700 block of W. North Ave., which is a little under 3 miles to the southeast from the prior locations, where the offender was placed into custody.

The 1-year-old was taken to Humboldt Park Health for observation but is listed in good condition. Humboldt Park Health is the new name change for the formerly called Norwegian American Hospital.

Area Five detectives are investigating.

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