(EXPRESS) — A MOTHER was under arrest last night after a toddler was found abandoned in her pushchair in sub-zero temperatures.

The girl, just two-and-a-half years old, was dumped outside a house in Carlisle at about 11pm on Thursday as temperatures plummeted to -5C.

Neighbours in Warwick Road heard a disturbance before one householder had their doorbell rung.

When they opened the door they found the child shivering outside. Police were called and found the girl in her pushchair.

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