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Baby left alone in Irvine college parking lot; dad arrested

Jason Richard Buchea, 33, was arrested for child endangerment after allegedly leaving his 11-month-old daughter alone in a parking lot in Irvine on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

October 16, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Irvine Valley College teacher was arrested on suspicion of leaving his 11-month-old daughter alone in the campus parking lot.

The baby, still strapped to her car seat, was found Monday afternoon by some people passing by. Police said the baby was not inside a vehicle and there was no one nearby claiming to be responsible for her.

According to investigators, her father, 33-year-old Jason Buchea of Costa Mesa, had called police to report his daughter missing.

Buchea and the baby's mother, who is a student at the college, were questioned. After the interview, Buchea was arrested for child endangerment. The mother was not arrested.

The baby was taken into protective custody by the Orange County Child Protective Services.