Police: Fugitive used baby as shield while hiding

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Posted at 5:39 AM, Sep 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-18 04:20:07-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 26-year-old man wanted on a car theft charge hid inside a home and used a baby as a shield as authorities searched for him.

They tracked Matthew Wehunt to the home on Tuesday. No one answered the door when police knocked but they saw the Venetian blinds move.

The Tampa Bay Times ( reports as police approached the home again, Wehunt shoved a 3-month-old baby into the blinds "as if shielding himself."

Police say three other children inside the home — all under age 4 — were locked in a bathroom.

He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail on multiple charges of child abuse and auto theft.

Three women inside home face obstruction and child abuse charges for telling police Wehunt wasn't there.


Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.),