A 15-month-old Milton girl suffered frostbite and hypothermia after being left in a car overnight in 26-degree weather, police said.
The baby’s father, Michael Dufour, was charged Wednesday with second-degree abandonment, second-degree criminal mistreatment and unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Dufour, 29, pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Officers were called Saturday to the man’s home in the 1700 block of Porter Way by one of Dufour’s friends.
They found Dufour trying to warm his naked daughter with a diarrhea-soaked blanket, according to charging papers.
The girl was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and was found to have minor frostbite to her hands and feet as well as hypothermia.
Dufour claimed the child’s mother must have set him up and that his house was covered in garbage because a burglar broke in, records show.
He said he placed his daughter in a crib in the house the night before but awoke Saturday morning and found her in the front seat of his car.
A friend told police Dufour, who appeared to be on drugs, picked his daughter up from his house Friday night, placed her in the front seat and drove off, according to the documents.
Dufour’s car was parked in the driveway with two windows down and his wallet on the ground outside, according to the court documents.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653