A mom has been arrested after a 4-year-old boy called 911 while he was left in a hot car with 6 other children.
The children were left unsupervised after the mom had gone shopping at the mall in St. Charles, Maryland.
The mom, whose name has not been released due to the nature of the crime and to protect the victims, headed into the mall leaving 7 children between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, alone in the car in high temperatures of around eighty degrees F.
Although she left the doors unlocked for them, she reportedly told the children not to leave the vehicle and left the window rolled up.
The children involved in the incident were left waiting in the vehicle for at least twenty minutes before police officers arrived after the 4-year-old boy used a phone in the car to call the police.
Officers helped with children out of the car and they were then provided with appropriate medical treatment while on the scene.
Eventually, after an additional ten minutes, the woman returned to the car to find the children, 5 of whom she was babysitting and 2 of her own, with police officers.
She was then arrested and charged with the confinement of children inside a motor vehicle.
The Charles County sheriff’s office has since issued a press release in relation to the incident in which they reminded people of the law in regards to untended children in cars.
“As a reminder, it is against the law to leave a child under the age of eight unattended inside a motor vehicle if the caregiver is out of sight of the child unless a reliable person at least thirteen-years-old remains with the child,” they 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.”
This shocking incident comes after years of increased warnings about the dangers of leaving children and animals in hot vehicles.