Police: Woman returns stolen van after finding child inside

Posted at 4:10 PM, Dec 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 18:10:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly stole a van with a small child inside.

According to a probable cause statement, Juana Marie Valdez took the van, which had been left running, and planned to bring it to her father’s house.

When Valdez realized a small child was in the back, she immediately returned the vehicle, the statement said.

Salt Lake City police arrested Valdez around 10 a.m. and took her to the Salt Lake County Metro Jail.

She faces a first-degree felony stolen motor vehicle charge.