Police: Baby left in truck, father arrested for child abuse

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- A 5-month-old baby girl was left in a hot truck with the engine off, windows rolled up and doors locked, according to police. Her father has been arrested and is facing child abuse charges.

On Sunday, Mesa police responded to an apartment just after 8 p.m. on University Drive near Power Road. When they got there, they found the baby in a Toyota Tacoma.

While waiting for fire units to arrive to unlock the truck, David Seimon, 27, came out of a nearby home. Police said when Seimon unlocked the truck the baby was soaked with sweat and crying.

He told police he knowingly left his daughter in the truck while he went inside a friend's home with his 2-year-old-son. Seimon said he thought about the temperature and thought it was about 80 degrees.

He said he just went in to get a drink.

He also told police that he didn't expect to be inside the friend's home for very long and he didn't want to wake the sleeping baby. Police noted that the baby was in a car seat designed to be removed from a vehicle with the child in it.

While questioning Seimon, police noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the apartment he was visiting.

When police called Seimon's wife to tell her about the situation she told them that David smoked marijuana every day and she did not like that.

Seimon faces 1 count of child abuse. The children are now with their mother.