Baby Left In Car Now In Custody of Child Protective Services - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Baby Left In Car Now In Custody Of Child Protective Services

SPOKANE, Wash. – A one-year-old baby girl is now in the custody of Child Protective Services, after her mother left her alone in a car while shopping at Office Depot in the 4500 block of north Division in Spokane. 

It happened Wednesday around 5 p.m., and a concerned witness called police.  When the Spokane police officer arrived, he found the baby in her car seat, with the window rolled down and the car engine on.  The officer said the girl appeared happy, and was doing fine. 

Spokane Police say the baby was left inside the car for 10-15 minutes.   

The child's mother told police she left the baby in the car with the child's father, but police were not able to confirm that.  However, they were concerned enough, they called Child Protective Services, and the baby is now in its custody. 

While CPS can't comment on specific cases, they did tell KHQ it's normal policy for CPS to conduct it's own investigation into potential child abuse or neglect. 

It is illegal in the state of Washington to leave any child under the age of 16 alone in a running car – a misdemeanor offense. 

Right now, the child's mother is not facing any charges, but Spokane Police say she may in the future, depending on the investigation.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • School Closures & Delays

    School Closures

    Check out the latest closures and delays from around the Inland Northwest.

    >>

    Click here for a list of school closures and delays.

    >>
  • Spokane Boy Recipient of Random Act of Kindness

    Monday, December 18 2017 12:42 AM EST2017-12-18 05:42:48 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- There's just something about this time of year that brings out the best in so many. One 12-year-old boy was the recent recipient of a random act of kindness. He's hopeful what happened to him will inspire others to help out strangers as well. Kai Richerson told KHQ he would do just about anything to see his mom smile. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- There's just something about this time of year that brings out the best in so many. One 12-year-old boy was the recent recipient of a random act of kindness. He's hopeful what happened to him will inspire others to help out strangers as well. Kai Richerson told KHQ he would do just about anything to see his mom smile. 

    >>
  • "Distraught" man boards school bus, asks for ride to Quincy

    "Distraught" man boards school bus, asks for ride to Quincy

    Sunday, December 17 2017 9:10 PM EST2017-12-18 02:10:04 GMT
    "Distraught" man boards school bus, asks for ride to Quincy"Distraught" man boards school bus, asks for ride to Quincy

    EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - An unknown man boarded an Eastmont School District bus Thursday, asking for a ride to Quincy.  Superintendent Garn Christensen says the driver finished unloading students at a stop on Route 28 when the man approached the bus.  "He boarded the bus, was distraught and did not appear well," Christensen stated in a news release. "He asked the driver to take him to Quincy. The driver told the man it was 

    >>

    EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - An unknown man boarded an Eastmont School District bus Thursday, asking for a ride to Quincy.  Superintendent Garn Christensen says the driver finished unloading students at a stop on Route 28 when the man approached the bus.  "He boarded the bus, was distraught and did not appear well," Christensen stated in a news release. "He asked the driver to take him to Quincy. The driver told the man it was 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/