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Unsupervised 2-year-old found in van

Police arrested and preliminarily charged Tracy Robb with neglect of a dependent after officers found her 2-year-old daughter in a van with the doors locked and windows closed Tuesday evening, Bloomington Police Department Sgt. Joe Crider said.

The BPD officers on duty said they believe the child was left in the vehicle for more than 25 minutes while temperatures outside the car remained above 80 degrees.

Robb, 37, said she was removing property from a residence on the 1600 block of North Willis Drive with her two children when the incident occurred. Robb reportedly asked two male acquaintances inside the residence to remove her children from the vehicle and supervise them while she ran errands.

The men took her 5-year-old son inside for supervision but did not bring the 2-year-old daughter, Crider said.

Robb told police she left assuming the two men were watching both children. The men said they thought Robb had taken the 2-year-old girl with her and went back inside to supervise the 5-year-old boy.

A police officer then located the child in the vehicle after responding to a trespassing complaint.

Officers said the 2-year-old did not require medical attention.

— Jeff LaFave

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