An Issaquah man was arrested last night after he left his three-month-old son in a car for about 20 minutes while he went shopping, the King County Sheriff’s Office says.
Deputies responded to a shopping center in the 4500 block of Klahanie Drive Southeast around 7 p.m. after someone called 911 to report seeing a baby alone in a car, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. The witness had gone into nearby stores to find the owner of the car, and even had store employees announce the information over the P.A. system, but no one responded, West said.
The baby was still in the car with the windows and doors locked when deputies arrived. A sheriff’s sergeant used a hammer to smash open a window to rescue the baby, West said.
The baby was lethargic and slow to respond when pulled from the hot car and was taken to Swedish Medical Center/Issaquah for treatment, West said. Deputies believe the child had been alone in the car for about 20 minutes.
The baby’s 31-year-old father was located in a QFC store. West said he will be booked into jail for investigation of second-degree child abandonment.
The baby was released to his mother and Child Protective Services was notified, she said.