Man Charged For Stealing Car In 2006 With Girl Inside

A man is charged for stealing a car in the east- with a toddler inside. The child's family has been waiting four and a half years for the arrest.

35-year-old Toby Leonard is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. Rocky Mount police detectives say he stole a car that was left running in front of Cousin's Food Mart on West Ridge Street in November 2006. A 2-year-old girl was asleep in the back seat of the car.

The suspect abandoned the car in Richmond, Virginia with the girl inside. She was not injured. Recent evidence linked Leonard to the case. He is already serving a 14 year prison sentence for unrelated charges in North Carolina.


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  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Apr 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    maybe he was trying to rescue the child from obvious danger.
  • by James on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I know the parents of the little girl and it was the mother who left her unattended. The last I knew, the father is in custody of the little girl and the mother doesn't have anything to do with her.
  • by shy Location: martin co on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    read the story. i don't hear anyone saying anything about the parents. they left the kid in the car with it running. that means they left the kid unattended. no he shouldn't have taken the car but the parents shouldn't have left the kid unattended with the car running. what would have happen if the car came out of gear and started rolling. NEVER LEAVE A CHILD IN A CAR UNATTENDED AND ESPECIALLY RUNNING. CAN'T REALLY SAY ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT THE PARENTS EITHER.
  • by Irv Location: Farmlife on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    So much for a right to a speedy trial! This is ridiculous!
  • by DanceMom Location: Morehead City on Apr 13, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    These parents are blessed that this child was not harmed. However, this punk is a waste of oxygen.
  • by nothing new on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    just more Rocky Mount, the city on the decline
  • by FedUp II Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:13 AM
    The car was just left there!...He was just going to move it!...Some dude said he could drive it!...
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    I'm with the first person who posted this; if you take my child and I find you, you will regret your decision. With that being said, the person who left a car unattended, still running, and unlocked with a toddler in the car needs to buy a vowel because he or she has NO CLUE to the parenting puzzle. Absolute stupidity, and should be counting his or her blessings that the child is fine.
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      by jerry on Apr 13, 2011 at 09:51 AM in reply to Wilma
      Total agreement here.
  • by Why Location: Greenville on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    He should be punished for his crime BUT why would you leave your child in a car. It does not matter even if you only go in the store for a minute. How stupid.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 03:58 AM
    If he done that to my child and I(even though I would not leave a child alone like that) he would not be above ground.
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