Woman Says Trooper Left Her Baby, Teen Alone in Car at Night

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Grand Junction, Colo. (AP) A Grand Junction woman says a state trooper left her baby and her teenage niece unattended in her car for 25 minutes one night when he took her to jail after a traffic stop.

Keio Saupaia says trooper Jeffrey Vrbas pulled her over at about 11 p.m. on April 28 when she had her 7-month-old daughter and 15-year-old niece with her.

She says Vrbas contacted her sister to come get the children, but that he didn't wait for the sister to arrive before taking Saupaia to jail.

Colorado state patrol capt. Ed clark confirms that Vrbas had arrested Saupaia. Clark says he doesn't dispute Saupaia's account, but he declined to discuss specifics of the incident.

Clark says the matter had been “handled internally.” He declined to say whether Clark had been disciplined or to give any other details, citing confidentiality rules covering personnel matters.

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