Baby hauled away in tow truck, mom under investigation

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The car was towed near the intersection of 21st Street and Broadway Avenue on Monday night. It was brought to a tow yard near 39th Street and Wynkoop Avenue.

It was a 2-mile tow ride for the 9-month-old.

The tow company, Excalibur Recovery, says the baby was in the car, which was not running, for an hour and half before the mother called authorities.

"It makes me feel very upset," Joanne Tagieff said.

Tagieff lives at the lofts where the mother's car was illegally parked.

Tagieff says people often park in the spot illegally, and they usually have to call their tow company.

Around 8:15 p.m. on Monday, Excalibur brought the car to their tow yard.

An employee with Excalibur says an hour and a half had gone by before the mother called them to say her baby was in the backseat.

"Being my parent myself, it's really hard to understand," Tagieff said.

Paramedics came to the tow yard, and checked on the girl and say she was fine.

The tow company told 9NEWS their driver had no idea a baby was in the back because it was covered with blankets.

Because so much time had passed, Excalibur says the thought of a child being in the backseat seemed unlikely.

When they were told about the baby in the backseat, the employee says they found it sucking on a bottle underneath the blankets.

Tagieff says a lot of cars in front of the lofts have been towed, but she never thought something like this would happen.

"Come on moms and dads, we have to be responsible, these children are brought into the world and we are the only ones that can be responsible for them," Tagieff said.

Police officers gave the girl back to the mother, but Denver Police says it is still investigating whether the mother will face any charges.

The mother's name has not been released.

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