6-week-old who was left in car released from hospital


By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A six-week-old girl has been treated and released from a Lufkin hospital after she was apparently left in a car at the Lufkin Wal-Mart parking lot.

According to Lufkin Police Det. J.B. Smith, the baby was unresponsive when it was pulled out of the car. She was released from the hospital at around 3 p.m.

Smith said initial reports indicate a customer found the baby in the back seat of a car at 11:54 a.m. and alerted Wal-Mart management. Management came out to the car and someone broke the window of the car and got the baby out.

Smith said it appears the grandfather and his girlfriend, who were babysitting the baby, left her in the car, but did not know if they did it intentionally or not.

Police interviewed the grandfather and his girlfriend and will meet with the Angelina County District Attorney's office next week to discuss the case.

Smith said the baby was alone in the car for about 45 minutes.

The incident occurs a month to the day after a baby died after the father left her in the parking lot of Story-Wright in Lufkin.

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