Updated 07/03/2012 09:31 AM
Mother arrested for leaving child unattended in car
An Albany woman was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child after Colonie police said she left her 22-month-old daughter unattended in a car in the Kohl's parking lot. Erin Vannella has more.
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- A woman was arrested after Colonie police said she left her 22-month-old child unattended inside a car while she went shopping.
Police said just after 2 p.m. Monday, a woman in the Kohl's parking lot noticed a child left in the car parked next to hers and called police. The 22-month-old belonged to Jodi Hebert, 43, of Albany, who had gone in to shop and left her daughter alone.
When police arrived, they found windows down and the baby unharmed, but they said the temperature was 81 degrees outside the vehicle at the time and the windows were down enough for anyone to gain access to the child.
"People must realize the temperature inside the car, regardless if the windows are open or not, is significantly higher than it is outside, and a 22-month-old will not be able to bear a temperature increase like that. And an adult wouldn't be able to do it,” said Colonie Police Department Lieutenant John Archambault.
Hebert is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. She was released and will appear back in court on July 11th.