A Long Beach woman was arrested on charges of endangering the...

A Long Beach woman was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, after she allegedly left a five-month-old boy inside an unlocked car while she went shopping Monday in a mall in Merrick. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Long Beach woman has been accused of leaving her 5-month-old son in a car with the windows closed in Merrick, Nassau County police said.

Caroline Salorilo, 34, was arrested on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, police said in a news release.

A witness told police at about 10:15 a.m. Monday that the baby was crying, coughing and red in the face inside a car outside a HomeGoods store on Merrick Road, police said.

The witness took the baby out of the car which was unlocked and waited a few minutes for a parent to return and then called police, the news release said. When officers arrived, no one returned to the car and they called an ambulance to evaluate the baby.

Salorilo arrived at the car and was taken into custody, police said. The baby was taken by a family member.

On Tuesday, she was released with non-monetary restrictions at her arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead and a temporary order of protection was issued. 

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