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Posted at 10:59 PM ET, 06/ 4/2010

Infant girl found alone in car

By Eric Athas

An infant was found alone in a car in Gaithersburg Friday, crying and in apparent distress, Montgomery County police said.

The girl, 3 1/2 months old, was spotted in a locked car on an uncovered upper parking level of a garage in the 9800 block of Washington Boulevard, police said

According to police, the man who spotted the child called 911 and then broke the car window to remove her. The child was checked at a hospital and released to her parents, police said.

Police said the baby’s father was found inside a building near the car. They said the matter is being investigated.

--Martin Weil

By Eric Athas  | June 4, 2010; 10:59 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  toddler found alone inside car  
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That guy is a hero! He probably saved that poor kid's life.

Posted by: superhero29 | June 4, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Under the circumstances, the child's parents were lucky that their daughter was rescued by a gentleman who gave her to police officials. She could have been kidnapped by a pedophile. The father was totally irresponsible for leaving Baby Girl in the car. If it were my child, I'd been filing divorce papers. He can't come up with a reason for abandoning a defenseless baby.

Posted by: skinfreak | June 5, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Hurray for the rescuer!


Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 5, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Another copy editing conundrum. (Sigh.) A child 3-1/2 months old is an infant, not a toddler. 13-1/2 months would be a toddler.... 3-1/2 years is technically a pre-schooler, but the word "toddler" would be forgiven. Not that it matters to the point of the story, but it would be nice to read an item knowing that the facts are correct.

Posted by: nan_lynn | June 5, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

nan_lynn is correct. The child left in the car was an infant, not a toddler.

How old was the father? How is it possible that he did not realize that he was endangering his child's life? I have NEVER known of a parent who left an infant alone in a car. And to do so in a locked car on an uncovered upper parking level of a garage on a hot day? Unfathomable.

Posted by: sjtlaw | June 5, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

he was a member of the gym in the building. maybe he should be working on his parenting skills and not his abs.

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | June 5, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, there will be senseless deaths of infants and toddlers by criminal parents who leave them in cars this summer. The dad should be charged with child endangerment.

Posted by: jabreal00 | June 5, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Annually, there's maybe 30 infant "left-in-car" deaths. That's 30 too many, but let's get real about the relative risks here: an infant is FAR more likely to die of illness due to the abysmally bad health care provided to poorer Americans.

America's infant mortality rate is 6.3 per 1000 live births: more than TWICE that of advanced countries like Japan and Iceland.

It's this near Third-World level of medical outcomes that should be news. But instead, the media spotlight shines on the most infrequent risks to children, while ignoring the hugest risks, creating wildly inaccurate perceptions among the population (and don't even get me started on the incoherent mass hysteria about "pedophile abduction" of babies, a risk so utterly rare as to be of less concern than meteorites)

The media-friendly narrative of a heroic child rescue is news, but the everyday deaths of hundreds of American babies due to lack of adequate medical care is a mere statistic.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 5, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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