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Car thief who abandoned toddler gets 13 years

Brandon Joseph Houge says he was "really high" on methamphetamine last December when he stole a car with an 11-month-old passenger and then abandoned the toddler in a Maplewood parking lot.
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Brandon Joseph Houge says he was "really high" on methamphetamine last December when he stole a car with an 11-month-old passenger and then abandoned the toddler in a Maplewood parking lot.

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