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Police: Baby left briefly at Home Depot in Avon

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Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – A man left his four-month-old son in a shopping cart in The Home Depot parking lot Sunday in Avon, Colorado and didn’t realize the baby was missing until he had driven to Edwards, police say.

The Home Depot’s store manager called the police after a customer came in and told him there was a baby in the parking lot, according to the police report.

The store manager went out to the cart storage area in the parking lot and found the infant, took him inside the store and called police. The customer left before the police arrived.

When Avon Police arrived at The Home Depot in Avon, Officer Jeremy Holmstrom saw the father of the baby pulling into the parking lot. The man approached Holmstrom telling him he had left his child at the store and was told the police had him when he called the store, according to the police report.

The man’s wife was out of town. He told police he was loading his shopping items into his car when his brother called him on his cell phone. He was talking on the phone as he put the cart back in the storage area and then drove off.

He told police he was talking to his brother when he turned around and noticed the baby was missing from the back seat of the car – he had already driven to Edwards.

The man, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday, was reportedly upset about forgetting his baby. The baby’s grandmother took the baby home and planned to keep him until the baby’s mother got back from vacation.

The Avon Police issued him a summons for child abuse criminal negligence and released the man.

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