Crime

Authorities: Twin toddlers left unattended, at separate times, in La Conner parking lot

What are the odds twin toddlers are left unattended at separate times in one day?

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Skagit County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting “an abandoned infant at Pioneer Market,” a grocery store in La Conner.

“A patron found the unattended 14-month-old child in a car seat in the parking lot of the business where temperatures were in the mid-20s,” said Detective Sgt. Jennifer Sheahan-Lee of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, in a news release Thursday. “The child was brought in and cared for by staff until deputies arrived.”

While deputies were still on scene, the child’s father apparently returned to the market and his situation quickly became more complicated when he left the other twin in the car.

“The investigating deputies discovered there was a twin that was now left unattended in the returning vehicle in the parking lot,” Sheahan-Lee said.

The sergeant did not say if the father gave any reasons for allegedly leaving the children and it’s “not clear” whether he immediately approached the deputies at the scene.

Asked how long the twins were left unattended, Sheahan-Lee said: “I don’t have specific times for either.”

The twins were turned over to Child Protective Services pending completion of the investigation.

“He was not arrested, and again the investigation is continuing,” Sheahan-Lee said in an email Thursday.

She did not comment further.

John Mangalonzo: 360-715-2280, @JMangalonzo

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