After Mom's Arrest, Girl Left in Vehicle Overnight

Workers at the impound lot eventually heard her crying
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2018 9:30 AM CST
Girl, 4, Left in Impounded Car Overnight
Officials say impound procedures will be reviewed.   (Getty Images/Cliffsman)

(Newser) – A 4-year-old girl spent a cold night alone in a vehicle at an impound lot after her mom was arrested for alleged drunk driving. The van was towed to the Milwaukee lot around 12:30am Tuesday after police removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but missed the girl, WBTV reports. She wasn't found until 8:30am, when workers heard her "very upset and crying." The van only received an exterior inspection with a flashlight after arriving at the lot, and officials say procedures are being reviewed.

"Obviously this is something that's alarming to us," City Engineer Jeff Polenske tells the Journal Sentinel. "We definitely don't want this to happen." Temperatures dropped as low as 18 degrees the night the girl was in the vehicle. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution after workers found her. (This puppy survived for weeks in an impounded car.)

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