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Police Respond to Abandoned Child in Trader Joe's Garage

Charges could be pending for child's mother.

A 1-year-old girl was left unattended in an unlocked car in the Old Town Trader Joe’s parking garage for about 30 minutes on Saturday before Alexandria police found the baby’s mother.

A Trader Joe’s employee contacted the store manager after noticing the child alone in a station wagon sitting in a car seat around noon. The manager then contacted the police, who quickly arrived on the scene with an EMS crew.

A police spokesperson said the child was quickly reunited with her mother, described as a 40-year-old Hispanic non-city resident, after police arrived on the scene.

Charges could be pending after police consult with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office on Monday, the police spokesperson said.

Amaryllis November 04, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I wouldn't leave my pet unattended in a car. It's amazing what people will do to a defenseless child.
Amaryllis November 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The fact that you shouldn't leave children alone at home has nothing to do with the fact that you also shouldn't leave them unattended in a car.
ROBERT November 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
"this is the first and probably last time I'll venture onto this message board" Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
Joe November 05, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Good one. Almost as witty as Thomas.
Drew Hansen November 05, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I'm suspending comments on this article because the conversation is no longer productive. Questions or concerns? Email them to me at drewh@patch.com.

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