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Santa Rosa Police Department
Friday December 31st, 2021 :: 05:10 a.m. PST


Felony Child Endangerment: Infant left inside parked vehicle

On Friday, December 31st, 2021, at 1:20 a.m., Santa Rosa Police Department Officers were dispatched to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Madrus Rose St and Winterhaven Ave.  An area resident called stating an unknown person was parked at the location in a white Minivan playing loud music.  Upon arrival into the area, an Officer located the Minivan parked along the curb.  Contacted sitting in the front driver seat was 34-year-old Santa Rosa resident Melissa Doyle.  Doyle initially appeared to be sleeping and ultimately refused to comply and roll down her window.  The Officer also observed a small infant strapped into a rear car seat inside the vehicle.  Doyle displayed signs of intoxication and quickly started her vehicle before speeding away westbound out of the area.  The Officer ran back to her patrol vehicle and began searching for the Minivan, which had evaded quickly through several residential streets.
Additional Officers responded into the area to assist in locating the vehicle.  Approximately 10 minutes after fleeing from the initial contact, Officers located Doyle’s Minivan parked several blocks away in the area of Summercreek Dr.  Doyle had fled on foot in an unknown direction and abandoned her small child, an 18 month old infant, which was still strapped inside the rear car seat.  Officers quickly gained entry into the vehicle and took custody of the infant, who was very cold, crying, and had no warm clothing on.  Medical Personnell were summonded to the scene and the infant was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.  Upon being medically cleared, the infant was released into the care of an immediate family member.  Through the investigation, Doyle was positively identified as the driver of the Minivan and mother of the small child.  Evidence of alcohol consumption was also located inside the vehicle. 
Suspect Melissa Doyle is currently wanted by SRPD for the following charges;
PC 273a(a) (Felony Child Endangerment)
PC 148(a) (Evading Arrest)

The Santa Rosa Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information leading to Melissa Doyle’s arrest is encouraged to contact SRPD at (707) 528-5222. 
Media inquiries may be directed to Sergeant Matt Crosbie at (707) 543-4012; [email protected], or the Sergeant’s Desk at (707)543-3625.  
Reference SRPD case number 21-14470

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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