7-month-old boy found safe after SUV stolen from Marquette Park, was not in the vehicle: police

A 7-month-old boy was found safe after he was reported missing from a vehicle that was stolen Monday in Marquette Park, but was later found to have never been in the vehicle, according to Chicago police.

A 30-year-old woman left her gray SUV running when she went into a convenience store about 12:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of West 71st Street, Chicago police said. While she was inside, someone jumped into the driver’s seat and drove north on California Avenue.

The vehicle was eventually located about 2:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of S. Keeler Avenue, but the 7-month-old boy, identified as Jaylen Mojica, was no longer inside.

7-month-old Jaylen Mojica

About 8:43 p.m., police said the baby had been located safely, but was in the care of a babysitter and was never in the SUV.

Area One detectives are investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.