HOUSTON -

A father was arrested after police said he was caught shoplifting with his 3-month-old baby.

It started on Monday when an officer was called to the Walmart on South Post Oak Road and West Bellfort in southwest Houston.

Investigators said the 18-year-old suspected shoplifter took off running with the baby in his arms and then handed the infant to a stranger before taking off again.

Police said the teen tried to escape by running along the nearby bayou, but he was quickly caught.

Officials said the baby was safe and eventually reunited with its mother.