SUV crashes in Marysville; neighbors rescue baby

Photo credit: Marysville Fire Dist.

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Neighbors on Monday had to rescue a 7-month-old girl who was upside down and strapped into a car seat in an overturned SUV.

Police say her father had crawled out of the SUV and run to his house nearby, leaving his daughter.

Police say he will likely face criminal charges for leaving the child. Police also say a loaded gun was found in a diaper bag in the SUV.

Police say officers responded at 8:22 to reports of a crash in the 8500 block of 59th Avenue Northeast. The found the driver, a 44-year-old man, and his 7-month-old daughter at a house nearby.

Police say the child didn't show any signs of injuries. Her father had injuries to his head and shoulder. Both were taken to a hospital.

Neighbors told police they had seen the father crawl out of the SUV and run to his house. Neighbors told police it was several minutes before the father returned to the SUV.

The only 911 call came from a neighbor, police said.

Police say the father was returning from buying formula for the baby girl. He lost control of the SUV, left the road and hit two concrete posts and four mailboxes, police said. The SUV overturned and slid into a tree.

Excessive speed was likely a factor in the crash, police said.

Police say Child Protective Services went to the hospital to take custody of the 7-month-old girl.

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