Around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Milwaukee police pulled over and arrested a mother for operating while intoxicated.
They removed the mom and a 10-month-old baby from the car, but somehow missed a 4-year-old girl sleeping in the backseat, Fox 6 reports.
The minivan was towed to the Milwaukee Department of Public Works Tow Lot, where it was quickly inspected by a worker with a flashlight, said Jeff Polenske, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works engineer.
However, the 4-year-old child in the backseat was once again overlooked.
Around 8:30 a.m., a tow lot worker finally heard the girl crying, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The fire department was called to the scene to inspect the girl, who was “very upset and crying.” Temperatures had dropped down to just 18 degrees during the night.
Thankfully, the girl’s aunt said she’s recovering. Dynasty Davis told Fox 6:
“I’m frustrated right now because I’m trying to figure out why the whole van wasn’t searched. She’s in good spirits, coloring, eating good, being a child.”
Davis said she’s not sure if she could have made it through the cold weather for eight hours as her niece did:
“I couldn’t even understand myself lasting that long. All those hours.”
During a press conference, Polenske emphasized that the DPW is now reviewing their processes:
“Whatever it is that we can do we will be doing, definitely, to make sure there is not a person in a vehicle we are parking in our tow lot.”
He called the incident “alarming.”
Milwaukee police department said in a statement that in an investigation is still ongoing:
“The Milwaukee Police Department is grateful that the child was located unharmed. MPD is currently seeking criminal charges against the driver who was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated. We will provide additional information in the upcoming days regarding this investigation.”