Jun 15, 2011 2:55 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo mother leaves infant in hot car

Pueblo police say a mother who left her infant in a hot car yesterday won't faces charges. Police say the baby, who is about 6-months old, was left unattended in the car for about 45 minutes during the afternoon. The temperature during that time was approximately 90 degrees.

It happened in the parking lot of the Family Service Center at 805 Desert Flower Blvd around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say clients discovered the crying baby, while the mother was inside the building. "I don't think (the mother) was expecting to be in there that long, still you don't ever leave an infant in a car unattended," said Det. Linda Galassini, with the Pueblo Police Department.

Police were called to the scene. Officers called for an ambulance and the baby was taken to Parkview hospital. Det. Galassini says the infant wasn't harmed. "Very fortunate the child was fine," said Det. Galassini.

The mother was not charged. Det. Galassini wasn't on scene, but says the officer has discretion in these situations whether or not to cite a parent for child abuse or neglect. Det. Galassini says the Department of Social Services was immediately contacted and an employee was working with the mother to make her take parenting classes. "Main thing here, the officer wanted to ensure she knew the danger that could happen to the child and with DSS getting involved--DSS completed a safety plan and allowed child to stay with mother," said Det. Galassini.



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