Police: LI mom left toddler alone to smoke pot

September 14, 2010 3:37:32 AM PDT
Police on Long Island say a mother left her 1-year-old child alone in a car for more than 40 minutes while she was inside her home smoking marijuana.

Police say they got a call at around noon Monday of a toddler that had been left alone in a car parked in front of a home in Shirley. When they arrived, they found the boy in the backseat and the child's mother, 43-year-old Karen Edelmann, inside her home smoking pot.

Police say Edelmann was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, marijuana possession and resisting arrest. She was being held overnight and is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday. Police did not know if she had a lawyer.

The child was released into the custody of his father and Child Protective Services was notified.