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Father arrested in SLO after child was left in hot car

A Morro Bay father was arrested in San Luis Obispo Thursday afternoon, after police were called out to the 600 block of Marsh Street on a report of a baby locked inside a parked car in 73-degree temperatures.

The father was identified as 42-year-old Stephen Miller, who was facing a child abuse charge initially but had that charge dismissed as part a plea deal where he plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle detail the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department says they received a 911 call from a concerned resident at about 2:11 p.m.

When they arrived on scene, officers say they found the car parked in direct sunlight with the 5-month-old infant secured in the backseat. They said the doors were locked with only the two front windows cracked open about one and a half inches.

Officers were able to gain entry into the car and rescue the baby. Witnesses reportedly told police the child had been left inside the car for approximately 30 minutes. Officers turned the baby over to child welfare services.

Miller allegedly told police that he had forgotten the baby was in the car. He was booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

SLO PD reminds the public that temperatures inside a car can rise by an average of 40 degrees within one hour when outside temperatures are 72 to 96.

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