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Police capture man accused of leaving baby to flee officers

Posted January 5, 2010 6:26 a.m. EST
Updated January 5, 2010 7:34 a.m. EST

— Raleigh police helped Cary police on Tuesday capture a 21-year-old probationer who was accused of abandoning his infant in a vehicle when approached by officers Sunday night.

Investigators found Justin Devone Bell at a relative's house in Raleigh around 12:30 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.

Bell is charged with child abuse, resisting and obstructing a public officer, possession with the intent to sell and distribute marijuana and failure to appear.

On Sunday night, officers approached Bell, who was sitting inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the First Citizens Bank on Kildaire Farm Road around 10:30 p.m.

Officers said he gave them a false name and told them he was waiting for a woman who was cleaning the bank. He then ran away, leaving his 6-month-old baby in the vehicle, police said.

The baby was OK and returned to the mother, authorities said.

Bell is on probation for March 2009 convictions for delivering or selling drugs, breaking-and-entering vehicles, larceny, obstructing justice and driving on a revoked license, according to state Department of Correction records.