Mother Arrested After Leaving 10-Month-Old in Unattended Vehicle

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  06. October 2014

Huntington Station, NY - October 6, 2014 - Suffolk County Police today arrested a Huntington Station woman after she left her 10-month-old baby boy unattended in a car while she shopped at a Huntington Station store.

A woman noticed a baby crying in a vehicle in the parking lot of Target, located at 124 East Jericho Turnpike at 2:12 p.m. The woman, with the assistance of another customer, used a car antenna to open the car and rescue the baby. The woman then called 911. When police responded, they located the baby’s mother, Tirza Artiga-Acosta, who had been shopping for approximately 30 minutes.

The baby was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital for evaluation. The baby was released to a family member.

Artiga-Acosta, 20, of 32 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and will be arraigned on a later date.

A notification was made to Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau.

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