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Maryland woman charged after leaving 2-year-old son in hot car, police say

Digna Argueta Gutierrez, 31, of Beltsville, Md., was

Digna Argueta Gutierrez, 31, of Beltsville, Md., was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she left her son unattended in a vehicle in Baldwin on Sunday, police said. Credit: NCPD

Nassau County police have charged a Maryland woman who allegedly left her 2-year-old son unattended in a hot car on Sunday, even as temperatures hovered around the 90-degree mark in the region.

Police said they responded to a call from a witness at 11:45 a.m. and found the toddler in a vehicle, the car engine off and the windows closed, in the parking lot on Grand Avenue in Baldwin.

Police officials said they worked for about 15 minutes to gain entry into the vehicle, all the while making sure the child was not in distress. Once inside, they found the boy sweating profusely, police said. They placed the boy in an air-conditioned car as an ambulance was called.

Shortly thereafter, the child's mother, Digna Argueta Gutierrez, 31, of Beltsville, Maryland, returned to the vehicle and was placed under arrest, police said. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

The boy was taken to an area hospital with Gutierrez's father, who came to the scene, police said.

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