A mother has been arrested after a young child called 911 to report he and six other kids had been left alone in a hot car, according to authorities.
The call came in to dispatchers in Charles County, Maryland around 1 p.m. on Friday, the sheriff’s office said in a press release. The child didn’t know where they were, but the operator was able to pinpoint the location of the vehicle to the St. Charles Towne Center, according to the statement.
Officers found seven children between the ages of 2 and 4 in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and the car not running. Shortly after the children were removed from the car and treated at the scene, the driver arrived.
According to the sheriff’s office, the unnamed 37-year-old woman had been shopping inside the mall for at least 20 minutes.
“It is against the law to leave a child under the age of 8 unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least 13-years-old remains with the child,” the sheriff’s office said.
“It is also dangerous to leave anyone, including pets, inside a motor vehicle especially as outside temperatures become warmer. The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to extremely high and even fatal levels in a short period of time.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, N’dea Yancey-Bragg