Janus Saintil of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested and held without bond after police found Saintil’s one-month-old son Josiah dead in the trunk of a stolen car.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s office, Saintil kidnapped the baby along with the baby’s mother, Claudia Harriott, and two other adults on Thursday evening when he became angry with them while on a trip to a North Lauderdale Walmart. He pulled a gun on the group, and forced them to drive another 85 miles to the town of Port-St-Lucie. Once there, left the baby at an undisclosed location and took the adults to another person’s house. He then took the adults to an ATM, where he forced the adult man to retrieve money. When the man started calling for help, he left the group there and at some point picked up the baby on his way back to South Florida.
An Amber Alert was issued for the baby on Friday morning.
Saintil was finally stopped at a Coral Gales apartment complex at 11000 Royal Palm Boulevard. Police had received information that Saintil might be heading there, and when he arrived he unknowingly parked next to one of the police officers waiting for him. The officer found the baby in the trunk when he searched the car.
Cause of death has not been determined.