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Police: Intoxicated mother left infant daughter in sweltering vehicle outside East Chicago home
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Police: Intoxicated mother left infant daughter in sweltering vehicle outside East Chicago home

CROWN POINT — A 34-year-old mother is charged with neglect on allegations she left her 2-month-old daughter in a sweltering hot vehicle last week while she drank alcohol in her East Chicago home.

An East Chicago police officer was dispatched about 5:49 p.m. June 15 to a home in the 4800 block of Wegg Avenue after receiving reports of a disturbance, according to court records filed Thursday.

The father of a 2-month-old girl told the patrolman at the scene his daughter's mother, Alejandra Feliciano, left the girl in her van while she was drinking in the home's basement.

He said he noticed the girl missing after returning from his older daughter's gymnastics practice. He asked Feliciano where the girl was, and she said she did not know. He then rushed to the family's van, where he found the red-faced, sweating infant sitting in her car seat, records state. He said he immediately called 911 and placed the baby in front of a fan.

The patrolman noted his squad car's thermometer indicated it was 90 degrees outside that day. He found Feliciano asleep in the home's basement next to a bottle of red wine, records state.

The mother admitted to the officer she had been drinking all day. She said she drove about 5 p.m. to the liquor store with her child, and forgot the infant inside the vehicle after she returned home, police said.

The infant was treated and released from St. Catherine Hospital, records state.

Feliciano was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony.

She posted a $2,000 cash bond Friday, court records state.

An initial court hearing has not been scheduled.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.

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