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Connecticut Mother Charged After Toddler Left In Car Overnight

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Bristol woman faces charges after her 2-year-old daughter was left overnight in a car.

The girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation Saturday morning after being found sleeping in a car seat in the locked vehicle that was in the parking lot of City Sports Grille.

Police said in a statement that the child’s mother, 22-year-old Kelsey James, had been taken to the same hospital for treatment just before midnight after being found intoxicated and asleep at the bar.

Several hours later, the hospital called police to say James was awake and asking where her daughter was. Police were then able to locate the car.

James faces arraignment next month on charges including leaving an unsupervised child in a motor vehicle. Connecticut’s child welfare agency is also investigating.

On Thursday, the death of a Ridgefield toddler left in a hot car last month was ruled a homicide.

The medical examiner determined that the death of 15-month-old Benjamin Seitz was the result of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure, CBS Connecticut reported.

There was no immediate word from the state’s attorney’s office on whether the boy’s father, Kyle Seitz, will be charged, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

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