Girl, 4, spends night in impounded van after mother is arrested on drunk driving charge

A child spent the night in an impound lot after her mother was arrested on drunk driving charge and her van was impounded (Photo/video: WTMJ / NBC Newschannel)

(WTMJ) 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.

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