Police: Woman Arrested After Leaving Sleeping Baby in Car with A/C Running While She Grocery Shopped

Police on Wednesday afternoon arrested an Old Greenwich woman, 41, and charged her with leaving a child unsupervised in a motor vehicle.

At about 1:31 p.m. on Sept. 27, police received a complaint from a witness that a 6-month-old baby was inside an unattended vehicle in the Acme parking lot on Elm Street for about eight minutes, according to a police report.

The vehicle was running with its air conditioning on, the report said.

The woman—an employee of a New Canaan family—had gone inside Acme to purchase a few items, and had left the baby in the car because the infant was sleeping, the report said.

Police contacted her at the local home where she’s employed, the report said.

In this case, the charge is a misdemeanor offense, under state law.

The woman was released after promising to appear Oct. 9 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

5 thoughts on “Police: Woman Arrested After Leaving Sleeping Baby in Car with A/C Running While She Grocery Shopped

  1. What is going on where we can’t leave a sleeping baby in an air conditioned car for a few minutes? This is over-zealous application of a too invasive rule.

      • No one is safe anywhere at any time. We must all mind each others business so that nothing we see, do or encounter will offend us, no matter how ridiculous. I read recently of several smash/grab incidents in New Canaan so extreme vigilance is definitely required. Because of all these improvements, foisted on us by the busy-bodies of the world, i just stay home so i don’t have to interact with anyone and worry about them offending me or my silly notions of how the world should be.

        Watch your own children. The only “our”, in relation to my children, is defined by their mother and me.

  2. The judgment of the mother for her child is hers and hers alone.
    A lot of what if’ this or that might happen takes the responsibility away from the mother. What she did by leaving her child in an air conditioned car is far better than not. What would you have, AC or no AC. At least the mother cared enough for the child’s comfort.
    NJ

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