The Orange County District Attorney's Office has decided that Jason Buchea, 33, will not face criminal charges after prosecutors determined that he accidently left his 11-month-old girl alone at the campus, authorities said.
Buchea was arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child Monday afternoon, hours after police say witnesses at the college saw his daughter and couldn't find any adults claiming responsibility for her.
The girl, who appeared to be in good health, was not in a vehicle but was strapped into a car seat, police said.
As Irvine authorities attempted to find the girl's parents, Buchea reportedly contacted the Costa Mesa Police Department to file a missing persons report. Irvine detectives ended up taking Buchea into custody after interviewing him and the girl's mother.
After reviewing the case, prosecutors determined that it appeared to be the result of an accident and that they would not be able to prove criminal charges, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Campus officials described Buchea as a "short-term temporary employee" at Irvine Valley College who worked as an accompanist in the music department. The girl's mother is enrolled at the campus as a student, authorities said.