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L.I. Day Care Operator Accused Of Leaving Two Young Girls Alone In Car

Bridget Erwat (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

Bridget Erwat (credit: Suffolk County Police Department)

MELVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island woman who runs a day care out of her Amityville home has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Bridget Erwat is accused of leaving an 8-month-old girl and a 4-year-old girl alone in a locked car in the Costco parking lot in Melville on Monday afternoon.

A passerby, who noticed the two girls alone in the backseat, unlocked a door through an open window and brought the children into the store for safety, police said.

Bridget's Children's Place in Amityville - Oct. 2, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Bridget’s Children’s Place in Amityville – Oct. 2, 2012 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Investigators believe the girls, who were not injured, were in the unattended car for about 10 minutes.

Erwat, who runs Bridget’s Children’s Place at 26 Ira Court in Amityville, has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 49-year-old posted bail and will be arraigned at a later date, police said.

The Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau has been notified.