Northeast Times

Infant left in car at Franklin Mills Walmart

A 6-week-old boy was left alone in­side a locked car in the park­ing lot of a North­east Wal­mart on Ju­ly 21, al­though au­thor­it­ies have not an­nounced crim­in­al charges against the in­fant’s moth­er.

A wit­ness found the child strapped in­to the seat of a 2005 Toyota High­lander parked out­side the Wal­mart at 1 Frank­lin Mills Blvd. at about 6:30 p.m. and called 911, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. Tem­per­at­ures peaked at 86 de­grees and hu­mid­ity at 84 per­cent in the North­east that day.

Of­ficers ar­rived at the scene re­portedly at about the same time that the moth­er ex­ited the store and re­turned to the vehicle. Po­lice hand­cuffed her and de­man­ded her car keys. The boy was taken to St. Chris­toph­er’s Hos­pit­al for Chil­dren for ex­am­in­a­tion and was later re­leased in­to his fath­er’s cus­tody. Au­thor­it­ies did not re­lease the names of those in­volved.

Sur­veil­lance video from the scene re­vealed that the child had been left alone in the vehicle for about 30 minutes, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports. ••

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