Dad accused of abandoning baby in Suisun City parking lot appears in court

SUISUN CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- A teenager accused of abandoning his two-week-old son in a parking lot in Suisun City broke down in court Wednesday.

Daniel Mitchell, who is 18, broke down in sobs during a brief appearance in a Fairfield courtroom.

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There are new details in the case of a newborn baby left abandoned at the Sunset Shopping Center in Suisun City.

Police say Mitchell drove to a strip mall parking lot, pulled the car seat out and set it on the ground before driving away.

The boy was spotted almost immediately by the owners and employees of two businesses, and taken inside for safety until police and paramedics arrived.

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Mitchell entered a not guilty plea to multiple charges, including child endangerment, child abandonment, and possession of cocaine.

The young father was seen in a Facebook photo dated July 10, smiling and holding the newborn.

The baby is being treated at a bay area hospital for an undisclosed medical condition and is in the custody of child protective services. His mother has not been charged.

Mitchell returns to court next month.
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