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Louisville judge tells teen car theft suspect he should have been in school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville judge told a teenager he should have been in school while police say he was out with another teen stealing a car instead.

Police say neither suspect knew a toddler was in the back seat at the time.

A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of 18-year-old Darrick Murphy, who appeared before Jefferson District Judge David Holton Thursday morning. He's facing charges of theft, fleeing from police and wanton endangerment.

The other suspect is only 17 -- a juvenile -- so no court records are available, but he is facing similar charges.

The pair was arrested after an incident that happened Wednesday outside a convenience store near the intersection of Dixie Highway and Mary Catherine Drive. Shively Police say the two teens got into an unlocked car -- with the engine still running -- and took off.

The suspects told police they had no idea a toddler was in the back seat.

Shortly after they left the scene, the pair stopped, and left the child in a grassy area, before driving away again.

Investigators say the car belonged to the child's grandmother.

Thursday morning, Judge Holton denied Murphy home incarceration, because he says the situation could have ended much worse.

"I'm not going to allow that," Judge Holton said. "This situation could have been deadly, they put the child's life in danger, if true. This is one situation -- you know I'm very liberal with my H.I.P. -- but this is one situation where a 3-year-old child was allegedly abducted, whether intentionally or not. I just can't go there today."

The 3-year-old boy is unharmed. Police say the child told them he asked the suspects why they were driving his grandmother's car.

Investigators say the boy's grandmother will likely not face any charges for leaving the child in the car unattended.

Murphy is due back in court on Nov. 7.

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