Sierra Vista man sentenced for stealing car with child inside
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A man will spend less than 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing a car with a young child inside in Tucson late last year.
Anthony Gracia was sentenced Monday on charges of motor vehicle theft and facilitation to commit vehicle theft.
He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years with 182 days credit. He will also serve two year's probation.
Authorities said Gracia, who was originally also facing kidnapping and child abuse charges, stole a vehicle from a driveway in the 1300 block of South Kolb Road in December 2017.
A 2-year-old boy was in the backseat at the time
The toddler was later found walking alone on 22nd Street by a resident.
According to TPD documents, a woman grabbed the 2-year-old as he was about to walk into traffic.
The TPD said the boy's mother had left in an unlocked and still-running vehicle while she went back inside to retrieve a laptop.
Sgt. Pete Dugan, a TPD spokesman, said at the time the child's mother would not face any charges. He said the woman received a lot of backlash online but "this is not a bad mom" and shouldn't be held responsible for the incident.
Below is the 911 call from the boy's mother.
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