Baby left unattended in SUV at community yard sale

(WMC-TV) - A mother was cited for leaving her baby unattended in an SUV while she went shopping at the Countrywood Yard Sale Saturday.

Phillip Rogers and his mother went to the community-wide yard sale in Cordova and were approached by a woman who told them about the baby.

"She said, 'there's a baby in the back seat of that SUV over there,'" said Rogers.

Rogers used his cell phone to film the more than hour-long search for the baby's parents.

"We waited about 20 or 30 minutes and the baby started to get really upset," said Rogers.  "We couldn't find the parents."

Rogers then took matters into his own hands.

"The window was cracked on the passenger side, so I poked my hand through and just unlocked the door," said Rogers.

He comforted the baby in her car seat until police arrived.  Rogers' mother cradled the baby in her arms to get her to stop crying before the driver of the SUV arrived.

Rogers and the driver set out to find the mother.  She was two blocks away, out of sight of the SUV.

"Said when I picked her up that the baby was sleeping, and that's why she left her," said Rogers.

Police put the mother in the back of a squad car and gave her a misdemeanor citation for leaving a baby unattended.

Rogers said the baby is luck that honest people found her.

"If I could put my arm through and unlock the door, anyone could put their arm through and just take the baby," said Rogers.

Police have not yet released the name of the mother.

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