Authorities in southeast Michigan say they found a 2-year-old boy sleeping in a locked vehicle with a crack pipe and a juice bottle containing alcohol inside.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Department says deputies found the vehicle with apparently fresh front-end damage early Saturday in Pontiac in the area of Orchard Lake and Johnson Street.
Investigators say the child's 49-year-old aunt later arrived at the scene and said she had been with the child's 44-year-old mother, who had run out of gas.
"They tried to wake the child. The child wouldn't respond. So, they gained access using lockout tools. Checked on the child Called EMS. Had the EMS come over and check the stats and vitals of the child. The child was determined to be in fine shape but very, very tired," said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. "Put him in a patrol car where it was heated."
The Sheriff's Department says the aunt told investigators the mother left in search of drugs while she had left with the intention of finding gas for the vehicle.
The child was OK and released to the custody of his father. Police are seeking the mother. Child neglect charges are possible against the aunt and the mother.
"It's very sad," said Bouchard. "I mean, a child is a gift."
-- This is an image of the crack pipe found in the car.