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Infant left in car in Dubuque

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We've all heard horrible reports of parents leaving small defenseless kids, even animals in hot cars – putting their kids or pets lives in danger.

A similar situation happened in Dubuque on Monday.

“An infant had been locked inside a vehicle that had not been running, apparently the keys were also locked in the vehicle so the parent couldn't get back in, obviously (someone) made some phone calls and got us in route," said Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department.

That incident happened at the parking lot of the Steve's Ace Hardware.

Lt. Baxter says there are ways law enforcement can determine if a child has been left behind on purpose. "Often times it's not difficult to figure out when you show up on a scene and a parent is completely disturbed, crying, screaming, trying to break the window with their hand, things like that, lead you to not believe its intentional."

While a majority of these incidents are an accident, police still must investigate just to make sure there aren't criminal intentions involved.

The parent in this case won't be facing any charges.

Lt. Baxter recommends parents and guardians leave something valuable in the back of the car, such as a purse or wallet to help remember to look in the back.

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