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Forum News Service, Published December 17 2013

Duluth woman charged in carjacking, police say her 2-year-old child rode along

DULUTH, Minn. - A 19-year-old woman used her 2-year-old child to hitch a ride from a 77-year-old woman, then pulled the woman from the car, threw her to the ground and stole her car and purse, police said.

Taylor Brianne Griffin is being held at the St. Louis County Jail on preliminary charges of first-degree aggravated assault, auto theft and child endangerment.

According to police, Griffin approached the 77-year-old at the Hermantown Walmart around 2 p.m. Saturday. Griffin allegedly told the woman that she was stranded there and asked if she could get a ride home to West Duluth for money. The alleged victim told Griffin that she felt bad that the child was outside in the cold, and said money wasn’t necessary.

Police said the woman brought Griffin and the boy to 66th Avenue West and Polk Street. Griffin then allegedly pulled the woman from the car, threw her on the ground and took off in the car with the woman’s purse and other items.

Officers later found the stolen vehicle on the 10 block of North 56th Avenue West and spotted the suspect and child leaving a residence, police said. The alleged victim’s credit cards, cellphone and other items were found in possession of Griffin, and other items were found in a snowbank, the department reported.

No court date has yet been set for Griffin. As with all criminal defendants, she is presumed innocent until found guilty.