A toddler is left locked in a car for almost three hours. Deputies say her father left her to drink alcohol.
Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night Travis County deputies found a 22-month-old girl locked inside a car in the parking lot of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church off Wells Branch Parkway.
Deputies say it was 55 degrees and raining. The toddler was alone, but she was okay.
"We were very fortunate," said Travis County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Wade.
Her father, 27-year-old Patrick Husband, says he put her in his car at 7 p.m. that evening and drove to "the store." Along the way he got two flat tires.
His accounts of what happened go from the car was stolen with his child in it to he left her alone to walk to get help. Either way a couple of hours passed.
"We don't think it was stolen. We think he took it over there, parked it, and then went to go get him something to drink," Wade said. "It was parked across the street so no one would be walking through the parking lot and see a baby in the car where's the owner of the car type of thing."
While the toddler may have been at a church, deputies say it's not as safe as you may think.
According to nearby residents, the church allows homeless people to stay on the property. Deputies call it a transient camp and say they've responded to multiple reports of stabbings, assaults, disturbances and drugs there.
The child's mother called police once she found out what happened. And without any assistance from husband, who admitted to having four drinks that night, deputies found the girl.
"We are doing follow-ups now to try and figure out where he was for almost three hours," Wade said "Going to the various stores in the area trying to figure out where he was and what he was doing. Why he would abandon a child."
Husband has a $40,000 bond.