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Police: NYC tot left in car while parents shopped

December 28, 2011 6:36:17 AM PST
Police say a New York City couple left their 14-month-old son alone in a car while they shopped on Christmas Eve.

The Staten Island Advance reports (http://bit.ly/vzujhv ) that a woman noticed the toddler sitting alone in the back seat of a locked car in the parking lot of a Staten Island shopping center on Saturday.

The temperature outside the car was about 40 degrees at the time.

Police arrived after the woman called a child abuse hotline.

Emergency services officers unlocked the car and removed the boy. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

When the parents returned, police arrested them.

Mother Nataliyk Pimyuk and father Orest Babchuk each face a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

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