HIGHLAND PARK (CBS 11 NEWS) – Police are investigating why a special needs baby was left alone in a Highland Park home.

Investigators found the 14-month old in an unlocked home on Arcady Avenue. According to a police report, investigators responded to the home after the alarm went off last Wednesday. When they arrived they found the baby alone with a feeding tube attached to her abdomen, playing on the floor lying under a plastic mobile.

While searching the home for the parents, investigators noted a semi-automatic shotgun on the dining room table.

Police tracked down the baby’s mother with the help of a neighbor, who told investigators that she was dropping off her three-year-old daughter at a children’s play center. She said she left her baby alone because “it isn’t as easy as it used to be” to take the baby with her and she thought her husband would be there soon.  The mother told police she is getting “heavier” to carry around and load in and out of the car.

The baby has been special needs since birth and takes no medication for her condition, according to the police report.  She is undergoing physical, speech, and vision and mobility therapy about five times a week

No charges have been filed against the family. CPS has been called, but the children are not in foster care.

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