The man suspected of taking a black Kia Rio with a baby inside at a RaceWay gas station near West Palm Beach earlier this week refused to appear in court Thursday morning.
Marquise Hudson, 23, faces charges of child kidnapping, grand theft auto and burglary.
Investigators said after he stole the car early Tuesday morning with a 5 1/2-month-old infant, which he later dropped off unharmed at a Sunoco gas station on State Road 7 and Okeechobee Road.
Deputies later tracked the stolen vehicle to Sansbury Way and Okeechobee Blvd.
PBSO did not reveal many details about Hudson's arrest on Wednesday but in a tweet said it was thanks to his mother that her son was in custody.
A probable cause affidavit said Hudson's mother contacted PBSO because her son was "acting erratically." His mother then identified him as the person in the surveillance footage.
Surveillance video of the alleged car thief frantically running into the Sunoco gas station in Royal Palm Beach, trying to drop off the baby spread on social media like a wildfire. The arrest report says several calls and emails came into the investigator from other detectives, likely because this is not Hudson's first arrest, but ultimately it was his mom's call to PBSO that identified him in the surveillance vidoe.
"It's tough, but she did the right thing. Obviously her son has a history of this," said Jose Gutierrez Jr. of Royal Palm Beach.
When Hudson was taken into custody, PBSO said he denied any involvement in the case.
No bond was set by a judge Thursday morning.
— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) March 21, 2018