Man Uses Baby to Run from Courthouse

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Officers in Wyandotte County are looking for a 23-year-old man who walked away from the Wyandotte County courthouse Friday morning.

Robert E. Ingram was there for a probation hearing related to charges against him for selling drugs, and he apparently suspected his probation would be revoked at the hearing.

Police said he had a baby in his arms and told the judge he needed to call someone to take care of the baby so he could report to jail. He walked to the front of the courthouse with the baby in his arms, but instead of leaving the baby with someone as he told the judge he would, he ran with the baby and jumped inside a silver Grand Am that was waiting for him with the door open.

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department said the silver Grand Am was registered to Ingram's mother.  The car was recovered shortly before 1:00 p.m. in Kansas City, Kansas.

Ingram had been charged with sale and distribution of opium and other narcotics. In addition, he was charged in 2005 with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the robbery and death of a Kansas City, Missouri, man.

According to authorities, the baby, identified as Ingram's 17-month-old daughter, has been found safe with her mother. Police say that she has not been cooperating with their investigation.

Ingram, in addition to the drug charges, now faces a charge of aggravated escape from custody, and a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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