Police Say Baby Was Left Inside Freezing Car While Mom and Fellow Bar Patron Took Turns Checking on Her

In the early morning hours of Sunday, an Indiana mom put her 15-month-old baby girl in the car and headed to a local bar for some drinks.

Only, she actively decided not to bring the baby inside, according to Knox City police.

WKVI reports that Tiffany Helbling, 29, purposely left her baby in the car despite temperatures being around 25 degrees.

Police said her plan was to switch off checking on the toddler alongside another patron at the bar, but bystanders called authorities when they spotted the child, according to WSBT.

The baby girl was discovered sleeping in a car seat inside the mom’s vehicle, which had been turned off.

The police report read:

The baby’s diaper was apparently soaked and no baby food, bottle or diapers were found in the diaper bag or vehicle.

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Other bar patrons told police that she’d been in the bar for up to two hours, though the mother only admitted to being inside for 20 minutes.

The child’s father was called to the scene a short time later, and police turned the baby girl over to him.

Police said that he’d been trying to contact Helbling all day but couldn’t get a response.

According to Children’s Trust, most children who die after being left in cars suffer from heatstroke in the summer. However, the children are also in danger when they’re left in cold weather extremes.

Parents are recommended to follow the same safety tips they follow in the summer during the colder months.

Thankfully, the 15-month-old girl survived the incident. Police are still inspecting security footage to find out just how long she was left in the vehicle.

Helbling has since been charged with neglect of a dependent and criminal recklessness.