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Posted: 5:43 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
By Ken Lemon
GASTONIA, N.C. —
A 1-year-old girl got of intensive care Thursday afternoon. Her mother is at the hospital with her and Channel 9 spoke with her by phone. As Rayne Stewart recovered at the hospital, her father, Matthew McCall, told the judge he is not sure why he is in jail. Police say he was babysitting Rayne and left her home alone. Officers say the mother arrived to pick up the girl and no one was home. "When she came to pick her up, I was there, so I don't understand how she was left alone," McCall said. The mother said while she was knocking on the door McCall pulled up. The mother said McCall unlocked the door to let her in and her baby was inside alone and unresponsive. The mother Amber Stewart said by phone that her infant was limp. "Shock and disappointment, and sad," said mother Amber Stewart. She went to her home hoping her daughter was just in a deep sleep. When she got home a friend of her roommate thought the child's condition was more serious. The woman, who asked not to be identified, tried help the child. "When I held her up in the air she took a deep breath, but she still never opened her eyes," she said. "To see that I was like, oh my God." Rayne was airlifted to Carolina's medical center. Doctors and police still are not sure what caused the life-threatening condition. Her father was charged with neglect and child abuse resulting in serious injury. He kept the girl for a day. Police said it appears her diaper wasn't changed. The mother wants to know how long her child stayed home by herself, and what happened to her. "I don't want him to get away with it and never see her again," she said. The child's mother said doctors checked the infant's blood and found no illegal substances. Police are still working to find out what made her unresponsive.
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