Man arrested after abandoning baby in strip mall parking lot

Baby abandoned in parking lot (NBC News)

Police arrested a man they believe to be the father of a 16-day-old baby who was left in a Northern California strip mall parking lot.

KNTV-TV reports the baby was found on Monday by two barber shop employees who noticed a car seat in the Suisun City strip mall lot. They called police after realizing a baby was in it.

Wendell Cooper, a witness, said she saw somebody pull up, take the baby out and drive away. Police used surveillance video to get the vehicle's license plate.

Police later took 18-year-old Daniel Mitchell into custody on probable cause for child endangerment, child abandonment, committing a felony while on bail and misdemeanor possession of suspected cocaine.

The baby was airlifted to a children's hospital as a precaution due to redness in one eye. Police say the infant is in critical but stable condition.

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