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4-Year-Old Girl Spent 8 Hours in Milwaukee Tow Lot on Below-Freezing Night

A tow lot operator heard the girl crying about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A 4-year-old girl spent about eight hours in her family's van in a Milwaukee city tow lot on a below-freezing night after her mother was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. 

A tow lot operator heard the girl crying about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The girl appeared OK but was taken to a hospital as a precaution. 

Milwaukee City Engineer Jeff Polenske says police pulled the girl's mother over around midnight. A 10-month-old baby was taken out of the van but the mother apparently didn't mention the girl. 

The van was placed on a flatbed truck and taken to the tow lot. Polenske says all vehicles at the lot are supposed to be inspected. 

A spokeswoman for Milwaukee police told the Journal Sentinel she was still gathering information about the incident.

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