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Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 12:54 PM

Baby found in stroller after 10 hours outdoors

Kern County Sheriff's deputies responded to a case of a child that had been found on the side of the road in a stroller early Sunday morning.

The baby, a 2-year-old child, was found by a passer-by on June 15 at approximately 9 a.m. and was taken into protective custody.

"We understand that the child was there for several hours, from 10:30 p.m. on June 14 and found at 9 a.m. on June 15," Kern County Sheriff Sgt. Doug Wilson said on June 18. "We believed the child to be abandoned and arrested the mother on charges of child endangerment, child abandonment and for being under the influence of a controlled substance."

According to Wilson, Nikkel was arrested following a call that the child was found in a tipped over stroller at 9 a.m on May 15 Cherry Lane in Golden Hills. The child was unharmed and placed into protective custody with Child Protective Services as she was transferred to the Jamison Children's Center in Bakersfield.

The mother, Stacey Nikkel, 34, was faces charges of allegedly endangering her 2-year-old child and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was arrested on June 15 at 9:45 p.m.

Wilson said deputies found the child in a tipped over stroller on the side of the road.

According to Wilson, Nikkel was booked into Kern County Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield. She is being held on a $20,000 bail and is being held at the Lerdo Pretrial Facility, according to Kern County sheriff's records.

Wilson said the investigation is ongoing. Nikkel is due in court for a pre-preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. on June 25 in Mojave.

Nikkel has faced willful cruelty to children charges in the past, according to Kern County court records. She was arrested in October 2012 on the charge of allegedly committing willful cruelty to a child. The case was dismissed on Nov. 6, 2012.

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