SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - We're learning more about the case of an abandoned baby found in Point Loma Wednesday morning. The baby's mother explained her side to CBS News 8.
The woman showed up at the tattoo shop where the baby was found alone in an SUV after a man -- suspected to be the baby's father -- left the scene. The baby was placed at Polinsky Children's Center. Now the woman says she wants her baby back.
"Me as a child, I was in group homes and everything like that and she's in Polinsky where I used to be, and now she's having the life I used to have and I don't want her having that life," Rachel Fenton said.
Fenton said her boyfriend was the man beating on the doors of the shop, thinking she was inside.
Police were still searching for the man as of Wednesday evening.
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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Police officers responding to a possible burglary at a tattoo parlor in Point Loma discovered a baby alone in a vehicle parked outside a strip mall early Wednesday morning.
When officers arrived on scene around 5:10 a.m. at the corner of Rosecrans Street and Harbor Drive, they reported seeing people running away from the area and those people left behind a silver Toyota RAV4. The SUV was left with its doors unlocked and windows down and a baby inside. After the discovery, police spoke to people in the area, but no one had any information regarding the baby.
Officers then placed the child, believed to be three or four months old, in a patrol car and left the scene. The infant is reported to be in fine condition and was taken to Polinsky Children's Center.
Later Wednesday morning, a woman got into the Toyota RAV4 – the same vehicle the baby was found in - and drove off. Police stopped the SUV several blocks away at Camino del Rio and Sports Arena Boulevard. The woman, who police say was not cooperative, was detained, placed in handcuffs and put inside the patrol car. Officers were seen talking with her around 8:25 a.m., according to Chopper 8 live reports.
CBS News 8 has learned she's the child's aunt and sister to the baby's father. She doesn't face any charges.
Police say they have a good idea as to the identification of the baby's father. If found, the father may face a charge of misdemeanor child neglect. Police have not commented, at this point, on the baby's mother.
Alma Estrada, who works nearby, told CBS News 8 she couldn't believe someone would abandon their baby that way.
"I feel sorry for the baby, not the parents, but the baby. I mean, who can leave a baby in the car? I wouldn't do that," she said.
The alleged burglary at the tattoo parlor has not been confirmed and is under investigation.
The search for the father, believed to be 20 years old, continued into the evening.