A Michigan mother has been charged with second-degree child abuse after leaving her disabled daughter in the open bed of a stranger's truck.

Police in Muskegon say they charged 27-year-old Asia Beach because her 8-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy could have died or been seriously injured with hypothermia.

The girl was found wearing only a pair of thin, short-sleeved pajamas. Beach admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the incident.

Muskegon County Prosecutor DJ Hilson tells Fox 17 he's grateful for the couple who found the girl.

"This is the type of neighborhoods that we want to see, certainly in Muskegon County and also throughout our state, where people are keeping their eyes and ears open," said Hilson, "They’re not worried to feel like they’re butting into somebody’s business. When something didn’t look right, the appropriate steps were taken."

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has placed the child with a relative while the incident is investigated.

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