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promo279287645CLEVELAND, Ohio — A man arrested after an SUV was stolen with his 3-year-old relative inside pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering this morning.

Frederick Grair was issued $500 bond. He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under suspension.

It all happened Monday night at a gas station at East 30th Street and Carnegie Avenue.

Grair is accused of leaving the child inside the SUV with the keys in the ignition while going inside to pay for gas.

Surveillance video shows a suspect then jump into the SUV and drive off.

The child was found walking in the street a short time later.

Grair’s public defender told the judge that Grair did not intentionally mean to harm the child and that it was a brief lapse in judgement. She said the child was sick and sleeping at the time, and Grair did not want to wake her to take her out of the car.

The SUV was recovered yesterday. The thief has not yet been found.

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