(WCMH)–A 4-year-old girl was left alone inside a minivan overnight in a Milwaukee, Wisconsin tow lot, Public Works Commissioner nominee Jeff Polenske said Tuesday at a news conference.
Late Monday night, an impaired female driver was pulled over and arrested for Operating While Intoxicated.
Officers removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but did not see the 4-year-old girl in the back seat.
A public works employee also searched the vehicle once it arrived at the tow lot. Polenske said the employee walked around the van and used a flashlight to look inside, but never entered the vehicle.
The girl spent eight hours in the van until a police officer on duty at the tow lot heard her crying for help.
The temperature dipped down to 19 degrees at one point Tuesday morning.