Woman leaves baby alone in hot car
May 16, 2014
A 32-year-old Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charge after she allegedly left her 9-month-old son unattended in a car, with only the back windows partially rolled down, while she went shopping.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a child locked inside a vehicle at the Magnolia Shopping Center in an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The temperature outside at the time was estimated to be about 95 degrees.
Firefighters were able to get the crying child out of the car. The baby was hot, but otherwise in good condition.
The mother returned to her car 10 to 15 minutes later. Deputies released the baby back to her with a referral to Child Welfare Services. Child endangerment charges will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office.