NEW YORK (AP) – Police say a New York City couple left their 14-month-old son alone in a car while they shopped on Christmas Eve.
The Staten Island Advance reports that a woman noticed the toddler sitting alone in the back seat of a locked car in the parking lot of a Staten Island shopping center on Saturday.
The temperature outside the car was about 40 degrees at the time.
Police arrived after the woman called a child abuse hotline.
Emergency services officers unlocked the car and removed the boy. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
When the parents returned, police arrested them.
Mother Nataliyk Pimyuk and father Orest Babchuk each face a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Pimyuk did not return a call seeking comment.
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