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San Diego County sheriff's deputies discover baby left inside running car parked on Vista street

Posted at 11:40 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 14:40:05-04

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – Sheriff’s deputies smashed a car window to remove a baby that was left in the backseat with all of the vehicle’s door’s locked early Wednesday morning.

A witness called San Diego County sheriff’s officials at around 3 a.m. after noticing a car parked with its headlights on and engine running near the 1600 block of S. Santa Fe Avenue.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they spotted a baby in a car seat in the back of the car, with no one else inside the vehicle.

Deputies determined that the baby had been left alone for more than an hour.

Because the doors were locked, deputies were forced to break a window to retrieve the child from the car.

According to sheriff’s officials, a woman identified as the child’s mother came back to the car at around 5 a.m.

Melisa Barrios, 20, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and booked into Vista Jail, sheriff's officials said.

After medics determined the 11-month-old child was in good health, the baby was released to grandparents.