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Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014
Crime & Courts

Orlando dad arrested after baby left alone in car


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ORLANDO — A father faces a felony child neglect charge after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a baby left alone in a car outside a Best Buy store.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Waterford Lakes area east of Orlando.

Trooper Edy Rivera saw the infant in a car seat inside a locked car. He went into the store, looking for the vehicle’s owner.

When no one came forward, he broke the vehicle’s window and got the baby boy out.

A short time later, officials say 34-year-old Haider Darwash returned to the vehicle. He told troopers he thought his wife had the 2-month-old child. She was located standing in line at another business at the Waterford Lakes Town Center shopping center.

The child was not harmed.

Darwash was booked into the Orange County Jail. An attorney was not listed on jail records.

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