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Baby was turning blue when police arrived after alleged impaired mom passed out in cold car

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An 18-month-old child whose mother allegedly passed out in a car with the baby was blue and shaking when sheriff’s deputies found the two, according to a release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

The incident happened Saturday a little before 10 a.m. Deputies went to check on a report of a woman who was apparently passed out in a car on Ky. 30 about a mile northeast of London.

Deputies found Melisha Harris, 40, of Manchester slumped over the steering wheel of the vehicle with the baby in her lap.

The car, which was beside the road, was in drive, but the engine was off. The temperature outside was in the low 30s, Root said in the release.

The baby, wearing only t-shirt and diaper, was cold to the touch and shaking. The child’s feet, legs and arms were blue from the cold, the release said.

An ambulance crew took the baby to St. Joseph – London for treatment. Police did not say if the child was a girl or boy.

Harris allegedly fought with a deputy when he tried to get her out of the car. Police arrested her after a short struggle.

Officers charged Harris with operating a vehicle while impaired, first-degree criminal abuse, menacing and resisting arrest.

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