It seems to be happening with almost epidemic frequency — young children being left alone in hot cars while a parent goes shopping. In just the last few days, a handful of disturbing incidents have come to light, with some resulting in charges being filed against the mother who went off and left a helpless youngster in a vehicle heated to a potentially dangerous temperature by the pounding summer sun.
About ten days ago, the video of a Kansas woman breaking a car window to rescue a child from sweltering heat went viral. Oregon authorities on Thursday reported investigating three separate incidents where mothers had allegedly left children in hot cars, despite outside temperatures climbing to near 100 degrees. An Oklahoma woman was arrested and jailed this week on a charge of child neglect after police say she left her one-year-old daughter alone inside a van while she went to a Walmart.
And now comes a video of an incident in New Jersey where a mom reportedly left her young daughter alone in a hot vehicle while she shopped with a second child.
The discovery of the “soaking wet” girl, her rescue from the vehicle, and the arrival of the startled mother on the chaotic scene in a Costco parking lot were all caught on camera. By clicking on the video above, you can watch what happens when a sheriff confronts the mother, who was later arrested and charged with child endangerment.
h/t: Fox News
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