CHICAGO (CBS) — A baby was found safe Thursday inside a locked car that was towed to the impound lot after police said a father parked it illegally downtown.
As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported exclusively, Chicago Police said the father left the car parked in a tow zone in front of a fire hydrant on Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street, near the 150 N. Michigan Ave. building, when a city tow truck hooked it up and hauled it away.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Few Rain And Snow Showers To Continue
The baby’s dad now faces misdemeanor charges.
“He’s hysterical – parked at the cab zone, ran in the store for a few minutes. He left the infant in the car,” a dispatcher said after the father called 911.
The father had left the 5-month-old baby in a car seat in the illegally parked car as he ran into a store. At 11:45 a.m., a city Streets and Sanitation worker hitched the car to a tow truck.
Police said the tow truck driver saw the rear-facing car seat in the vehicle, but did not see the infant because of the tint on the vehicle’s windows, police said.READ MORE: City Preparing For Public's Response After Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial; Gov. Pritzker Activates National Guard
The car was towed to the city impound lot.
Officers took the frazzled father to the lot, where he was reunited with the baby. The baby was then checked out by waiting paramedics.
The father was patted down by officers at the scene and was then allowed into the ambulance with the child, who was taken to a local hospital in good condition.
Streets and San supervisors would not answer any questions about the incident, and instead told Kozlov and her crew to leave.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Illinois: State Reports Lowest Average Infection Rate In Two Weeks, But Hospitalizations Still Rising
The baby’s father did not want to speak with is. Police said he is facing misdemeanor child endangerment charges, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has been notified.