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Another Baby Left Alone in Vehicle

The child -- age unknown -- was left unattended in a vehicle with its windows rolled up tightly at The Promenade.

Editor's Note: This story was amended to include a paragraph about Child Protective Services.

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A woman was arrested after a baby was left unattended in a vehicle at Mall in Temecula Friday.

It was unclear whether she was the child's mother.

Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Joshua Morales said the event occurred about 2 p.m.

A woman spotted the child in the vehicle and no one around; she found that the door was unlocked and took the baby out, Morales told Patch.

The woman put the child in her own vehicle with the air conditioning on -- temperatures in Temecula Friday reached triple digits -- and called police dispatch, Morales said.

When deputies arrived, there was still no sign of an adult but after waiting a while, a woman returned to the vehicle with and was arrested and booked on suspicion of child endangerment, Morales said.

The woman was allegedly carrying a Starbucks coffee and shopping bags; her name was not immediately released.

Sheriff's officials said that Child Protective Services would be notified but it was not immediately clear if the baby was taken into protective care or turned over to a family member.

Paul September 17, 2012 at 05:32 AM
I am with you here. I have thought I would quickly break a window to relieve the heat and possibly remove a young child. Windows are very strong in recent years, but will the tempered glass will shatter into small pieces without sharp edges if hit right. There are even tools about the size of a writting pen with a spring loaded point that will do the job. I always wondered if I should leave the child with what who ever came to assist and leave afterwards befor someone came and wanted to arrest me, or have me pay for a new window.
Paul September 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
140 degrees inside car, 100 degrees outside. I placed a themometer at the level a childs head would be in a child safety seat without direct sunlight hitting the thermometer, but with the car in direct sunlight and the windows rolled up. The temperature inside at the seat bottom level is less maybe 120 degrees. Dark colored cars are hotter inside than white cars. At that kind of heat there is no time to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a police officer or fire rescue to come first and break the window or send for a locksmith.
Temecula mom September 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Because of these negligent irresponsible people there could have been a child dying in that car... So thankful that woman found this baby and stepped up!
Jj September 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
She should never get her child back and be sterilized
NOBAMA September 20, 2012 at 04:44 AM
lock her in a trunk while we all go have a cocktail and possibly a movie and we can shop after to see if she like if ohh and take custody away!! ROMNEY2012

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