Woman Arrested On Long Island For Leaving Baby Alone In Car

HUNTINGTON STATION, NY (CBSNewYork) – Suffolk County police today arrested a Massapequa woman after she left her 18-month-old daughter in her vehicle while she went into a Huntington Station store.

Police responded after a 911 caller reported that a toddler was alone in a 2010 Toyota Prius in the parking lot of the Bed Bath and Beyond at 340 Walt Whitman Road.

An officer was attempting to gain access to the vehicle, which was locked, when Stella Wu, the child’s mother, exited the store and unlocked the Toyota.

“Our concern is that the child was left alone,” Sgt. Joseph Retivo told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “From what the officer saw, the child wasn’t in bad condition. It was 39 degrees. We were concerned about the kid being left in the car.”

The 28-year-old Wu was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Retivo says she told the officers something about just jumping in to return an item.

“What’s to prevent someone from seeing the kid in their, trying to get into the car, breaking a window, and pulling the kid out of there?” said Retivo.

She will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.

The child was released to family.

  • Jean

    This reminds me of so many stories of people who leave the engine running with a child in the car for “just a second” when they go inside and then are surprised when the car is stolen and the kid is kidnapped. Despite hearing about this repeatedly, people still do it. How irresponsible and lazy can you be? Why is it oh-so-hard to turn off the car, take your child with you and lock the door? It only takes a few seconds for your life to turn into a nightmare.

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  • Steven Fails


    • Steven

      This was a simple joke. No disrespect intended. I completly agree with your take, but sometimes I prefer not to take life so seriously.

  • Esmerelda

    The author of this article should check for grammar and typos.
    At the very least look it over at least once.

    • Steven

      If your refering to “their” vs. “there”, then your a serious grammar Nazi. Try using a comma when you leave these stupid comments Eamerelda. Thanks a bunch.

      • Steven

        And please accept my apology for hitting the “a” instead of the “s”.

        • KPMc

          Expecting a journalist to know the difference between there and their makes one a grammar nazi? Really?

          I think it is the acceptance of mediocrity and worse which is dragging this country and the entire world into collective stupidity.

          Remember when people were called on their mistakes and paid accordingly? And those that excelled were rewarded?

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