Cops: Woman ticketed for leaving baby in car

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A Detroit woman trying to land a job in Troy last week instead received a citation for child neglect, police say.

Officers were called to the parking lot of the Kroger on the 30 block of East Long Lake at 12:25 p.m. Friday on a report that a baby was left unattended in a car, a maroon 2007 Chevy Impala.

A witness in the parking lot told police they heard the baby crying from inside the car. The baby, 9 months old, was “drenched in sweat,” a statement from police said. The outside temperature was 75 degrees.

The baby’s mother, a 26-year-old Detroit woman, told police upon her return that she’d been in an interview at an eye care business, had no one to watch her child, and needed to land the job.

Police gave the woman a ticket for misdemeanor child neglect, and contacted Child Projective Services, recommending that the baby not be placed back in its mother’s care.

Ultimately, police contacted the baby’s grandmother, who arrived and took custody of the baby.

jdickson@detroitnews.com