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Mom Left 4-Year-Old Alone in 129-Degree Car

An Arizona woman was arrested after allegedly leaving her 4-year-old girl daughter in the car by herself in intense heat while she went shopping.

On June 15, temperatures in Mesa reached a high of approximately 110 degrees. With a low of 81 degrees, the heat lasted well into the evening.

According to reports, around 7:30 PM, the mother of a 4-year-old decided to go to a local shopping center, and she brought her daughter with her. After she parked, the woman tried to get her daughter to get out of the vehicle and go with her into the store. The youngster refused, and her mother reportedly gave in and allowed her to stay in the car. Before walking away, she reportedly turned off the engine and rolled up the car windows.

Bystanders spotted the child and called the authorities. They told them they were concerned that the youngster was covered in sweat and believed she needed help. Police and first responders went to the shopping center.

As they arrived, the girl’s mother walked toward the vehicle and unlocked the doors. The police retrieved the child from the automobile, which was reportedly 129 degrees inside. The youngster was given water and placed in a police vehicle to cool off in the air conditioning. According to reports, when they talked to her mother, the woman reportedly told officers she turned the car off because she thought her daughter might drive away.

The woman was taken into custody and booked into the Maricopa County Jail. She is facing preliminary charges of one count of child abuse. She is being held in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

According to reports, the child’s mother reported that she knew she should not have left the child in the vehicle.

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