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Father Abandons Infant Son In Parking Lot (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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A young father was captured on camera abandoning his infant child at a mall parking lot.

The incident occurred on July 25. Surveillance cameras captured the moment 18-year-old Daniel Mitchell pulled into a parking space in the lot of Sunset Shopping Center in Suisun City, California, in a gray Toyota at about 3 p.m., the Daily Mail reported.

Mitchell was seen stopping his vehicle, then getting out of the driver's seat to retrieve his 16-day-old son from the backseat. He then placed the car seat next to the car and drove off.

Erick Keeton, a barber who works in the shopping center, noticed the car seat and rescued the baby just minutes after he was abandoned. He then called authorities, and the child was taken to a local hospital.

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Doctors said the baby was in critical condition on July 26. They did not disclose any further details on the infant's status.

Keaton said the child appeared to be in good condition when he found him.

"I noticed he had his binky, he was wrapped up in a blanket," Keeton told KCRA. "He had a diaper on and he appeared to be fine.

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"His tongue was a little white, maybe like he just had a bottle recently."

Mitchell was arrested after he crashed his vehicle while attempting to flee the scene. He was taken to a local hospital, and treated for a shoulder injury.

Authorities were able to connect him to the abandoned child while he was in custody. Mitchell was previously arrested on June 27, and was out on bail for multiple felony charges related to a burglary .

The father is now facing charges of felony hit-and-run, child endangerment, child abandonment, committing a felony while on bail and possession of suspected cocaine.

"It's heartbreaking and something I've never seen in my life," Mega Smoke Shop owner Karan Grewal told the news station.

The child's mother, Mitchell's wife, was reportedly unaware of Mitchell's actions. She is not facing any criminal charges at this time, police said.

The infant was born on July 10. The Suisun City Police Department took to Facebook to issue the following statement regarding the baby's condition:

"CORRECTION & UPDATE: The initial press release indicated the infant was released. The infant was not released and has been undergoing testing. That testing has revealed a condition that is resulting in the infant being transported to another hospital for treatment. The infant is reported as being critical but stable."

Sources: Daily Mail, KCRA, Suisun City Police Department/Facebook / Photo credit: Napoleon Cole/FlickrDaily Mail, Facebook via Daily Mail

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