Woman who found infant in car: 'I kind of freaked out'

SEATTLE -- The King County Prosecutor's Office is now reviewing a child neglect case after an infant was left alone in a car for nearly eight hours on Thursday.

"I just couldn't imagine how it it had happened," said Grace Lanham, who found the child and called 911. "She spent a little time crying and sort of fussing but she also was surprisingly calm."

The car was parked in the parking garage of the Northgate Transit Center.

"My first thought was that maybe somebody had just stepped away from the car but it didn't really matter I knew that I needed to call 911," said Lanham. "I noticed that she was in there and there was nobody else and I kind of freaked out."

When King County Transit Police arrived, they unlocked the car doors with tools to safely get the baby out. The infant's mother was too distraught to speak when she arrived at the transit center. She realized what happened when she got to the infant's daycare and her daughter wasn't there.

The baby's father was supposed to bring the infant to daycare after dropping-off his 5-year-old daughter at her daycare. The child's father said he didn't have an "explanation" for the child being left alone.

"My worst fear," said parent Claudia Eichstaedt. "I think you're always thinking about what you're going to do for the rest of the day. When you're driving to work you're thinking about work, 'Ok, what do I have to do when I get there?' And you just forget. I don't think it makes him a bad person."

"I'm sure it was an accident," said Hafiza Kundil who is the infant's daycare provider.

Kundil said she assumed the baby was sick when she didn't arrive on Thursday. She started caring for the infant about three weeks ago.

"(The baby's parents) seem like really nice peopleyou can see his love for his daughter," she said.

Lanham said most troubling about the situation was that a man told her he saw the infant in the car earlier in the day and assumed the baby's parents were in a store so he didn't call 911.

"Somebody saw that baby at 10 a.m. and didn't call and she didn't have to be in that garage all day. If they had called 911 they would have gotten her out," she said.