IRVINGTON — An SUV stolen with an infant in the back seat was recovered nearly three hours later Tuesday night.

The gold Mercedes Benz SUV with Texas plates was taken from the 1100 block of Clinton Avenue in Irvington around 8:10 p.m., according to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. An Essex County Sheriff's Office officer found the car and the child around 10:50 p.m. in Newark's South Ward.

The child was "awake and alert" when they were found and taken to University Hospital to be checked out as a precaution. The car thief left the scene and is still at large.

Fontoura did not disclose where the baby's parents were when the child was taken or if the child was returned to them.

“This is an example of exemplary police work where multiple agencies worked in unison with a common goal. I am proud of the work done by all the officers involved, and I am grateful for the positive result,” Fontoura said in a statement.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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