A 25-year-old man will appear in court today after taking a vehicle with a 16-month baby inside.
The owner of the vehicle had just pulled into the driveway and parked the car with the child still in the carseat.
According to Police after briefly walking inside the house in the Eastern Bay of Plenty town of Taneatua, the victim went back outside to find the car had been taken.
Police say a short time later the vehicle and child was found unharmed at a nearby address.
The man has been charged with unlawful taking and drink driving charges and police say inquiries are still continuing.