It was an unbelievable, shocking scene on the side of a Tehachapi, CA highway when someone came across a toddler. Reports said the child was alive, by herself and stuck in a stroller. She was tipped over and was laying on the side of the road like a piece of trash.
Not only was the 2-year-old strapped in, but Sheriff’s deputies believe she was left there overnight and that she had been unattended for as long as 10 and half hours. According to ABC 23, it is believed the child’s mother abandoned her sometime around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, and she was found the next morning around 9 a.m.
Investigators were quickly able to track down 34-year-old Stacey Nikkel, the toddler’s mother. She is believed to be a resident in the area.
According to a family member interviewed by ABC23, just before the incident, a couple had been trying to adopt the girl and had her in their custody. The judge at the hearing awarded custody back to Nikkel only last week.
Nikkel is now facing charges of child abandonment, child endangerment and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
ABC 23 said her bail is set at $20,000.