A man in California landed himself in jail when he got caught on store surveillance video dropping off his 16-day-old baby in the parking lot of a strip mall. Employees at a nearby barbershop told officers that they saw the carrier abandoned in the parking lot, then realized a child was inside. He then goes to the back of his auto and takes out the vehicle seat.
The baby, who witnesses said was just a few weeks old, was transported to the hospital.
Cooper said he walked to his window and saw a auto seat in the middle of the parking lot - which was bustling with vehicles.
After being identified as the newborn's father and interviewed by investigators, Mitchell was arrested. He is reportedly in critical, but stable condition, according to a Police Department Facebook post.
While officers reached the mall where Mitchell left his baby, the teenager was involved in a auto crash in Fairfield. Fairfield officers arrested him and took him to the hospital for injuries he suffered in the crash.
"He [the father] pulled up, took the baby out, put him down", said Wendell Cooper, an onlooker, describing what he saw outside the barber shop, in a report published by NBC Bay Area, a local news platform.
"I noticed he had his binky, he was wrapped up in a blanket, he had a diaper on and he appeared to be fine", Keeton said. "It looked like he may have had, his tongue was a little white like he just had a bottle recently".
At the hospital police arrested him on probable cause for child endangerment and abandonment as well as committing a felony while on bail and misdemeanor possession of suspected cocaine.
The child is just 16 days old, police said.
The child is in protective custody.
The child's mother cooperated with police and is not believed to be a suspect, Suisun City officials said.