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Police: S.I. Parents Left Toddler Alone In Car To Go Christmas Eve Shopping

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Shoppers in New York City - Dec 24, 2011 (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Shoppers in New York City – Dec 24, 2011 (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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