CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A trial date is scheduled for April 14 for the Elkview man who’s accused of stealing a car that had a baby inside that was left running in a convenience store parking lot on Charleston’s East End earlier this year.

Christopher Linville, 20, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Wednesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. He was recently indicted on charges of child neglect and possession of a stolen car.

Linville allegedly took the car Jan. 6 after the mother went into the convenience store near the state capitol. Police don’t believe Linville knew a 10-month-old baby boy was in the backseat.

The car with the baby inside was spotted within a few minutes by an off-duty Charleston police officer. Linville was arrested in a nearby apartment complex.


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  • jay zoom

    I agree the mother should be charged as well. the man who stole the car if convicted should be shot and that will break him of stealing a car again. why wasn't he charged with kidnapping whether he knew the child was in the car or not. I've read where other suspected criminals were charged with that.

    • Tom

      Shot and killed is more like it.

  • Vengeance will be mine

    Ok, but what about the mother, what were the charges against her and when's her court date?

    • Artimus