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Mother Faces Jail Time for Leaving Children in Locked Car on Hot Day

(CNS) – An 18-year-old woman who allegedly left her 2-week-old daughter and year-old son in a locked car while she went shopping in Cudahy during the Southland’s heat wave was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor child abuse.

Prosecutors said Arely Aide Amaya left the windows of the vehicle partially rolled down while she was shopping around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, but the children had to be rescued by sheriff’s deputies.

She is scheduled to return to court Aug. 28 for a pretrial hearing. She faces up to two years in jail if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.