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Forgetful dad: Man leaves infant daughter in locked car for almost eight hours

Father leaves baby in car for almost eight hours without explanation.
Father leaves baby in car for almost eight hours without explanation.

When a baby is in distress and ends up being alright, everyone rejoices and is happy that everything is as it should be. That's when the attention turns to the reason for the distress, and such is the case of a forgetful dad that left his infant baby locked in a car in the parking garage for almost eight hours. As FOX 8 reported on March 22, 2014, the man didn't even have a reason as to why it happened.

King's County Sheriff's Office Transit Police officers in Seattle, Washington, used special equipment to unlock the vehicle earlier this week, and get the baby out. It appears as if the child ended up being alright, and suffered no medical issues.

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A call was placed to deputies saying an infant was sitting in a car seat in a vehicle that had been in the parking garage since around 10:00 a.m. Deputies arrived shortly after and got the child out shortly after 6:00 p.m.

The child's mother held onto her baby girl as it was revealed that the child's father usually drops the baby off at daycare with their other children. Later in the day, the mother picks up the kids, but noticed the baby wasn't there.

Shortly after the car was unlocked, the father of the child arrived and revealed his name to be Matt Steele. When asked how he forgot the baby in the car, he simply said:

"I don't have an explanation for that."

At that point, Steele was allowed to leave and go pick up the couple's other daughter.

Police have said that it is still possible Steele could end up facing charges for the incident, and they would be for child neglect. Child Protective Services (CPS) could also possibly get involved.

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