RONOKE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Roanoke family is under investigation after their six-month-old baby was found alone, strapped in a car seat, in a restaurant parking lot.
Police believe the baby was left behind accidentally.
An officer with the Northlake Police Department, who happen to be eating in a strip mall in the 1200 block of Highway 377, found the baby Sunday evening.
The baby girl was strapped in her car carrier, sitting in the parking spot outside of a Domino’s Pizza.
According to police, the baby’s father dropped off his wife at a nearby store to do some shopping and he drove over to pick up a pizza. The man had four children with him when he ran inside Domino’s.
Police believe when the father was getting all of the children back inside the car when he forgot his youngest daughter and drove away.
It wasn’t until the family got home that they realized the little girl wasn’t with them.
“If you’ve got that many kids you’ve got to do a head count, something like this could happen real easily, I guess,” said Roanoke police Sgt. Jeriahme Miller. “[They] probably just forgot to strap the kid into the infant car carrier and left without doing a head count.”
The baby is in good health.
Child Protective Services (CPS) questioned the parents and the child was returned to them.
No criminal charges have been filed.