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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.


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.

Lisa September 16, 2012 at 01:00 AM
She should not get the child back! This is absurd!
John September 16, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I would never leave my two kids in the car in this 103 heat. It is a tragedy. There are so many married couples out there who can not have kids and would love to adopt kids.
Brenda September 16, 2012 at 02:38 AM
John, I totally agree. :/ Unlocked car in that heat, a "baby" and long enough to get mall bags and a starbucks. Makes me sick and if she is given this child back I will be shocked. CPS is really good at taking away kids who like and make up stories so they can go and live with friends or do whatever they want in foster care, but to work a real case where a child is abused, put in totally life or death situations they just let skim by. Why is that do we think??? Because the baby cannot talk ..........and give stories of truth or not.........so mother says I was in there for 5 min, oh I forgot to lock the door, let me turn on the tears...............she is by far worse then any other criminal who sells drugs, breaks into Apple stores etc. because that is a choice, this baby did NOT HAVE A CHOICE.
Adrian September 16, 2012 at 06:27 AM
I always have my stout, metal flashlight on my person or in my car. I would not hesitate one second to bust a window to get to a child or pet locked in a hot car. People can scream "vandalism". I don't care!
Vicki September 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Those are the people they should show pictures of. The stupid negligent ones, not just the ignorant.
temecula mom September 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
brenda, it has to do with the judge, not CPS. I worked for CPS for 10 years and had to take away many children, only to have them returned to the parents by the judge in court. The children have court appointed attorneys who fight hard for them. If the children tell their attorney they want to go back home, regardless of what home is like, the attorney fights for them.
Ognir Rattsa September 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Brenda, I have to agree with temecula mom with this one. As a retired social worker, I can attest first hand it is the judges. No matter how hard of a case you present. It is the judges decision. Trust me, after 20+ years, it beacme more frustraing for the CPS worker than it was the public. The CPS worker was always the blame in the public's perspective; however, it is purely a judicial decision.
John September 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Wife works at the mall. She heard that the baby was about 2 months old. The mother was described as "white trash".
V.W.D.S. September 16, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Thank goodness the citizen took the baby out and called the authorities.
jerilyn rose September 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I'm so glad so many people take charge here!!! Please remember after that 911 call , click a picture or video of baby, car, license plate as well. While waiting for police one time a car was left running she nearly ran me over but because of all the pics she was convicted, had to do a 16wk program while her mom had custody!
Jersey girl September 17, 2012 at 01:16 AM
John I was there parked a few cars away...I arrived around 3:00 and I understand 911 call was approx. 2:00 ....i understand baby had already been taken to hosp..police were just waiting for mom to come out of mall..As I watched from jcpenneys doors we saw 2 females come out of the mall ( approx. 15-30 mins. After i arrived) and headed towards vehicle when police approached them and spoke to them focusing in one the younger of the two ....(who did not look like "white trash" )she looked like average temecula girl in her early to mid 20's wearing jeans and a green top ...she was neat and clean... Just average... Her attire was not troubling but what was disturbing was hers and the other female didn't seem to be to alarmed or disturbed by the police questioning (the older female lightly swings one of her shopping bags back and forth )then after a min.the police walked the younger female to the police car and into the back seat... The older female headed toward the vehicle they arrived in.... This is just my perception of the events.....but what is an absolute fact is a infant was left unattended in a vehicle .... In outside temps over 100 degree .......while the "RESPONSIBLE " Adults went on a long shopping trip... This is such a disturbing event.... I can't even describe my disgust for these adults that are supposed to be protecting ..... Not neglecting..... I hope the mother gets Some help....and becomes a responsible mom....
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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