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Published June 08, 2012, 10:12 PM

Mother who left son in hot car while shopping may face charges

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A mother who left her 4 year-old son in the car while shopping may face charges. Police discovered the boy sleeping in the back seat just after ten this morning in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on 13th Avenue.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A mother who left her 4 year-old son in the car while shopping may face charges. Police discovered the boy sleeping in the back seat just after ten Friday morning in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on 13th Avenue.

Another shopper noticed the boy in the back seat sleeping and called police. After arriving, they pounded on the window to try and wake him up, with no response, police decided to break a window instead of waiting for a locksmith.

Lieutenant Joel Vettel says with temperatures in the 70's the car could heat up to well over 100 degrees within 20 minutes. Not knowing how long the child had been in the car, they thought the boy could be in physical distress. He was checked out by F-M ambulance and was OK

Although the mother just simply didn't want to disturb her son’s nap, police say the mother made a very poor judgment call. Lieutenant Vettle say regardless of the temperature children should never be left in the car unattended.

Lt. Joel Vettel – Fargo Police: “There is risks involved, again if you leave the keys in the car running, they have the ability to get out of that car seat, put that car into gear and all of a sudden you have a vehicle that is moving that is really, that someone is not steering it, and you have the situation where someone might want to harm your child.”

Cass County Social Services is now looking into the case to see if charges are necessary. With the summer months upon us, Lieutenant Vettel wants to remind parents that children are 3 to 5 times more likely to be affected by heat than adults, and leaving a child in a car could have a far worse outcome than in this case.

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