NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) —A 26-year-old mother was arrested Monday after allegedly leaving her year-old daughter inside her car as she went grocery shopping in North Hollywood, where temperatures were above 100 degrees.
Police were called to a Ralphs in the 10900 block of Magnolia Boulevard at about 10:30 a.m. to check into a Good Samaritans report of a crying child strapped inside of a blue Nissan with the windows rolled up, according to Los Angeles police spokeswoman Officer Norma Eisenman.
The doors of the vehicle were unlocked, Eisenman said.
The car’s air conditioning was apparently on, but it wasn’t cooling the interior of the vehicle.
Officials said it was a miracle the baby survived more than 10 minutes inside the car.
“In 104 degree weather, with the engine running and the doors unlocked, it’s a dangerous situation,” said Lt. Alan Hamilton from the LAPD.
The year-old girl was taken to a hospital in good condition, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
The girl’s mother was arrested at the bank inside of Ralphs.
“She thought she was only going to be there for a short period of time, but tragedies happen in a short period of time,” said Hamilton.
The woman was booked on felony child endangerment charges. Her bail was set at $100,000.
The woman’s 7-year-old son and the baby girl were turned over to Child Protective Services.
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