Police find stolen car that prompted Amber Alert for Detroit baby; 1 in custody

3-month-old girl was in back seat when car was stolen

DETROIT – Police have found a stolen Chevrolet Impala and arrested one person in connection to its theft Monday morning with a 3-month-old Detroit girl in the backseat. 

Michigan State Police had issued an Amber Alert for Dakota Grimes after her father's car was stolen outside a liquor store on Detroit's east side. 

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Dakota was found safe on a porch about 7 hours later. She was handed over to medical personnel to be checked out. 

The thieves apparently found her in the backseat and decided to ditch her on a porch. 

"At first I didn't see the baby, because I wasn't paying no attention," said Gary Zalinski. "I knocked on the door, I looked down and I said, 'Dang, there's a baby sitting on the porch."

Zalinksi was arriving at his friend Raymond Harper's house on Lakepointe Street so the two could head to work together. Dakota was so quiet in her car seat that Zalinksi nearly tripped over her. 


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