Infant left on side of Oklahoma freeway in safety seat with money

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS
Associated Press

A 1-month-old child found on the side of an Oklahoma interstate in a safety seat stuffed with $5,500 in cash and a birth certificate was in state custody Monday as authorities continued to investigate why the boy was deserted.

Oklahoma City police stated a church group returning from a theme park identified the kid Saturday about 10 feet (3 meters) from the shoulder of Interstate 40. Sgt. Gary Knight stated Monday that officers also found a Social Security card with the infant.

Police said they situated the child’s mom through member of the family which she’s been required to a hospital to be evaluated.

“We don’t know why she did what she did … but people do the strangest things in some cases,” Knight stated. “I don’t remember seeing a case like this where a baby was simply left on the shoulder of a highway. This might have had a really awful ending.”

Emergency situation workers approximated the child had been left in the 91-degree heat about 30 minutes, however stated he appeared to be well cared for prior to being left on the interstate.

Ken Angel, pastor of Abba’s House of Worship Center in Ada, Oklahoma, whose group identified the kid, credited magnificent intervention in finding the kid.

“I feel like God utilized our youth group to save someone’s life Saturday due to the fact that we’re here in the world to fulfill a redemptive purpose,” Angel said. “God stepped in.”

He stated about 15 members of the 120-congregant church were taking a trip back to Ada, about 84 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City, when the youth leader saw the safety seat. The group had actually been at a theme park in Oklahoma City.

Sheree Powell, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Person Providers, said she couldn’t launch any information about the kid.

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