SACRAMENTO – Sacramento police rescued an infant that was neglected in an idling car for over an hour in the summer heat in a Taco Bell parking lot in Oak Park.
On Monday at approximately 12 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Taco Bell on 5550 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. after it was reported a 4-to-5-month-old baby had been left alone in the vehicle, according to Sacramento Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante.
A man parked next to the SUV initially entered the Taco Bell to complain of music blasting in the SUV. At first, the car was suspected to be stolen.
After almost 30-minutes of no response as to who owned the vehicle, an employee came out and spotted the baby in a carrier in the back seat. A short time later, the mother was found not far from the SUV.
Police verified that the child was unharmed, however, the infant’s allegedly intoxicated mother was apprehended just 20 feet away. The mother was found incoherent, passed out by a dumpster.
The baby was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center for a medical inspection and turned over to the custody of Child Protective services. The mother was also treated at the UC Davis Medical Center. Police are seeking a warrant for the mother’s arrest once she is released from the hospital.
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