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Father Leaves Kids, 1 & 3, in Hot Car to Inquiry About Gym Membership: Authorities

A New Jersey father faces child abuse charges after police said he left his two young children in a hot car while he inquired about getting a gym membership.

Berkeley Township Police and Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office detectives arrested and charged Yordy Santanacastillo on Monday and charged the 28-year-old Forked River man with two counts of fourth-degree child abuse.

Witnesses told county investigators that Santanacastillo turned off his car and left two children, ages 1 and 3, in his car for about 19 minutes on Sept. 9 as he went into the Retro Fitness on Route 9 to ask about a gym membership, said investigators. The temperature outside at the time reached above 90 degrees, said prosecutors.

Law enforcement officials identified Santanacastillo as the children’s father.

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Authorities processed Santanacastillo and released him on his own recognizance, said the prosecutor’s office.

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