After police arrested a mother for suspicion of DUI, they failed to remove her 4-year-old daughter from the back of the van, leaving her to freeze overnight in the impound lot.
Milwaukee, WI — A family is speaking out this week after the arrest of a mother nearly led to the death of a 4-year-old little girl. Monday night, police arrested the girl’s mother and seized her van, when they impounded the van, they left the little girl inside—in freezing temperatures, overnight.
It was an “unfortunate situation,” Milwaukee city engineer Jeff Polenske said at a news conference. “Apparently the girl was very upset and crying, something that none of us would like to have happen to any of our children.”
Indeed, it could have been far more “unfortunate” had the girl not survived the frigid temperatures.
As FOX 2 reports, the National Weather Service reported temperatures at Mitchell International Airport were around 25 degrees around midnight — with a wind chill of 14 degrees. The temperature dropped to as low as 19 degrees with a wind chill of five degrees around 7 a.m. When the girl was found, the temperature had edged up to 22 degrees with a wind chill of nine degrees.
According to police, the girl’s mother was pulled over around 12:30 a.m. because officers suspected her of driving under the influence. During the stop, the mother was arrested on suspicion of DUI charges. A 10-month-old baby was also in the car and was taken into custody by police, but the 4-year-old was left sleeping in the back seat.