ESCONDIDO — The Rev. Charles Keturakat has had his share of surprises during his 39 years as a minister, but none will surpass what he found in the back seat of his car Thursday afternoon: a sleeping baby girl not more than 3 days old.
No one knows how long the infant was back there, but Keturakat, senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church here, estimates it was no longer than an hour.
"She was in excellent condition," said a bemused Keturakat. "She was clean and dressed in a pretty lavender . . . sleeper."
The child was turned over to the county's Child Protective Services unit and Escondido police have started a child-abandonment investigation.
Keturakat said he had just finished making the last of his routine visits at Palomar Hospital when he drove to his church office at about 11:30 a.m. He had recently obtained a car seat for one of his daughter's babies, who was due to arrive for a holiday visit Thursday afternoon.