David Chang

Grandmother, Aunt Accused of Leaving Baby in Hot Car in Target Parking Lot

Two women are in custody after they allegedly left a baby alone inside a vehicle for nearly 15 minutes in the parking lot of a Bensalem Target store during dangerously hot temperatures Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to the parking lot of the Target store on Rockhill Drive around 3:55 p.m. for a report of an infant left in a car. When they arrived they found an off-duty Philadelphia Police officer who was already opening up the vehicle to rescue the child, who is turning 1-year-old next week.

Officials say the child was alone inside the car for 14 minutes and the recorded temperature inside the vehicle was 115.4 degrees at the time. The child’s mother was called to the scene and she accompanied her baby to St. Mary’s Medical Center for an evaluation. Officials say the child appeared to be in good condition.

The baby’s grandmother, Patricia Diaz, and the baby’s aunt, Katia Hernandez, were both arrested and taken into custody. The women allegedly told police they forgot the child was in the backseat when they left the car. Both women are charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child and are being held in Bucks County Jail after being unable to post bail. Their arraignment is scheduled for August 24 at 1 p.m.

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