Infant left unattended in car at Broken Arrow store

Posted at 7:13 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-17 06:17:12-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- A man called police after finding an infant unattended in a car at a Broken Arrow Walmart.

Dan Salter said he heard a baby crying as he walked through the parking lot. That is when he saw the child who he believes was no more than 2-years old, alone with the window of the car cracked.

“I just kind of looked around to see if there was a parent returning a cart and five minutes goes by and there’s just this baby alone in the car and no one around in the parking lot,” Salter said.

When he saw no one claiming the baby, Salter said he called the police.

In the meantime, the man stayed with the infant to make sure nothing happened to her. He said she cried most of the time he was there.

“Someone with ill-intent could have done God knows what,” Salter said.

Before police arrived, the shoppers returned to their car and drove away.

Salter said he did not confront them.

Officer James Koch with the Broken Arrow police said they did not take a report on the incident because the car was not there when they showed up.

“I think because nice weather was out that maybe they weren’t thinking, because they rolled the windows down,” Salter said.

He said everyone makes mistakes, but he hopes this mistake serves as a lesson to parents everywhere.

“To me what it looked like the parents were pretty young and they might not know any better,” Salter said. “I just hope that somebody who knows that child can talk to the parents and let them know this is not the right way to raise a child.”

Broken Arrow police say it is against the law to leave a child under the age of 6-years old unattended in a car.

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