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An Arizona man allegedly abducted his 10-month-old son by hopping into the mother’s minivan and speeding away on Wednesday — killing the mom as she desperately attempted to cling to the vehicle.
Eric Maes was captured in Phoenix and booked on a count of manslaughter for the murder of 30-year-old Brittany Martie on Tuesday, Peoria police said in a statement.
Martie was loading her baby into her minivan outside her home in Peoria when Maes jumped into the driver’s seat and began driving away with the child inside, cops said.
Witnesses say the young mother grabbed onto the moving car and was thrown off as it drove away.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found Martie had life-threatening injuries. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she died.
Police immediately issued an Amber Alert for the missing baby, who was found safe around 1 a.m. in north Phoenix after cops responded to a report of an abandoned child.
Martie had sole custody of their son, cops said.
Maes, 30, was taken to the Peoria Police Department headquarters where he’s being questioned.
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