CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - A 1-month-old baby was found dead Friday in the trunk of a car in Florida, and the boy’s father has been taken into custody, police said.
The infant was identified as Josiah Saintil, said Coral Springs police Lieutenant Joe McHugh. The boy’s father, Janus Saintil, 24, was arrested Friday outside a Coral Springs apartment. Charges were not immediately filed. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.
An autopsy will be performed on the child.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said Saintil was with the child’s mother, another female, and a male adult Thursday night driving to a North Lauderdale Walmart when he became angry and pulled out a gun.
The sheriff’s office said he kidnapped the group and drove about 85 miles north in a stolen car to Port St. Lucie, where Saintil left the baby at a house and then forced the male to take money from an ATM.
The elder Saintil fled the area after the male victim yelled for help. He apparently retrieved the baby before returning to South Florida, authorities said.
Saintil was taken into custody without incident, said Coral Springs Police Deputy Chief Tony Pustizzi.