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Mom accused of leaving newborn in car at Twin River arrested

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Cape Cod mother who police said left her 3-month-old baby girl in a running car in the parking lot of Twin River refused to turn herself in to police after she was released from the hospital, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Police said they were called to the casino around 10 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a child left alone inside a parked vehicle. When they arrived they found a 2013 Kia Sorrento that was left running with the rear driver's side window down.

While searching the vehicle, police said officers found a young infant covered by a blanket in the back seat.

Police said the baby's mom - identified as Halston A. Borglund, 26, told officers she ran into the casino to grab car keys. But police said casino security determined Borglund entered the casino around 8:28 a.m. and it appears the child was left alone in the running car for about an hour and a half.

Borglund was taken to the hospital for medical evaluation but was ultimately released. After not turning herself in, Lincoln police obtained an arrest warrant for a charge of child neglect and an extradition warrant.

Police said she was eventually taken into custody by the Milford Police Department on an arrest warrant for another agency out of Massachusetts.

Borglund is being held at a correctional facility in Chicopee and will be transported to Barnstable Court on Monday morning.


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