Sacto 9-1-1
February 3, 2012
Sacramento sheriff: Woman left baby on side of busy Watt Avenue

By Kim Minugh and Cathy Locke
kminugh@sacbee.com

Kit Samuel.jpgSacramento County sheriff's deputies have taken a woman into custody after she allegedly left her infant grandson in a carseat, along with a bottle of brandy, on the side of busy Watt Avenue.

The child's grandmother, Kit Samuel (pictured), 54, told authorities she left the one-month-old baby boy on the side of the road near the now-closed Carrows restaurant so she could retrieve belongings, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.

A witness told authorities the child was left unattended for about 45 minutes, Ramos said. The baby was not injured and is expected to be turned over to Child Protective Services.

The boy's grandmother was found to be intoxicated and was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment and public intoxication, Ramos said. Bail was set at $60,000.

The Sheriff's Department was contacted after a California Highway Patrol officer was flagged down by a passerby who had seen the baby on the side of the road, according to Ramos and the CHP.

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