Baby found inside parked car; dad inside store

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Passerby spotted child in vehicle

PHOENIX -- A baby was found left alone inside a mini-van near Camelback Road and 20th Street just after 10 a.m. Thursday.

A woman reportedly found the 2-1/2-month-old baby beneath a blanket inside the vehicle in a parking lot.

"The car was locked and it was off," Gabriella Harris said.

She saw Tom Bailey, who works for Best Buy's Geek Squad, walking by and asked what she should do.

"The first thing I did was I went into the store to see if we could page the actual owner of the car," Bailey said. "When we didn't get a response, we directly called 911 so someone could come out here right away."

Phoenix police Sgt. Mike Lee said it was 96 degrees outside when they got the girl out of the vehicle.

Phoenix police said the baby's vital signs were good, but she was taken to a Valley hospital as a precaution. The infant is expected to be fine.

Police reportedly found the father in Best Buy with two other children. They said he seemed surprised the baby was in the vehicle.

According to police, the 36-year-old father had gone into the store for about 15 minutes and left the baby in the mini-van. He said that he forgot her in the van.

Firefighters say the father was extremely distraught.

At this time, the father has not been charged.

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