Toddler Rescued from Hot Car, Mother Arrested

The mother of the 1-year-old is being booked, police say.

A 26-year-old mother who allegedly left her 1-year-old daughter inside a car while she went grocery shopping in North Hollywood - - where temperatures were soaring above 100 degrees -- was arrested today and the child was rescued from the vehicle.

Police were called around 1:30 p.m. to a Ralphs grocery store parking lot in the 10900 block of Magnolia Boulevard on a report of a child inside a blue Nissan with the windows rolled up, according to Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman.

The doors of the vehicle were unlocked, Eisenman said.

Brian Humphrey of the city Fire Department said the 1-year-old girl was taken to a hospital in good condition. He noted that the car's air conditioning was apparently on, but it wasn't cooling the interior of the vehicle.

The child's mother was found a short time later and arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, Eisenman said. Her name was not immediately released.

According to ABC7, witnesses told police the woman had parked her car in a red zone in front of the store and gone inside, then came out once to check on the child before going back into the store.

"It was a clear choice, LAPD Officer Robert Benavidez told Channel 7. "The car was running, parked in the red zone. And to be honest with you, when we were out there at the scene, she was kind of giving us the impression that she didn't really understand why we were there or what she had done wrong."

The station reported that police went to the woman's home and took her young son, believed to be elementary-school aged. Both children were expected to be turned over to Child Protective Services, the station reported.

JAGR October 02, 2012 at 08:44 PM
The same day, one of the sketchy people were jumped by three guys and left unconscious in carl jrs drive thru, laying in his own puke....the mgr called the police, 15 minutes they still never showed..so I called for fire rescue who came in two minutes and took him to the hospital....I know the property mgt company provides one security guard from 8-4 , but that's not enough....with ralphs and carls attracting unsavory types, they really need around the clock security....I wonder if the police ever took a report...even if the guy was a drunk, the idea of three thugs getting away with that beating unsettles me...the aftermath was a tough thing so see...
MaggieC October 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I think it is really easy to judge this person. I don't think there is a human being out there (even a bad one) who would do this on purpose. I know a man who did this last year with his baby and his baby died in the car. It destroyed his marriage and his life and he will never get over it. He has trouble just being alive now. He had recently moved to the area and changed his routine. I know as a new mother this is a HUGE fear I have and it could happen to anyone if you were distracted by something. The pain that the mother would feel would be enough to destroy anyone. I don't think it is anyone's right to judge although it is very easy to judge.
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We are given minds to reason and therefore we have every right to pass judgement on this negligent parent. In this day and age, what responsible person would leave an infant in a car alone, car unlocked? First, the child could have succumbed easily to hyperthermia and secondly, a baby snatcher could have taken that poor baby. That mother needs to be educated on responsible parenting, or have her children taken away forever. Period.


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