Northport Woman Allegedly Locks Kids In Car During Heatwave While Shopping
June 3, 2013
Maria Luongo-Devivo, 49, arrested and charged with child endangerment
(Long Island, NY) A woman was arrested in Commack on Friday after she allegedly locked her two young children in her car during a scorching heatwave while she went shopping, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Maria Luongo-Devivo, 49, of East Northport, is alleged to have left her two sons, a five year-old and a one year-old, locked inside her vehicle at approximately 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Meat Farms supermarket in Commack during nearly 90 degree weather, cops said.
A passer-by noticed the children in the car, who were described as sweating profusely with flushed faces. The onlooker, noting that the windows of the vehicle were closed, informed a Meat Farms employee, who then called 911, according to reports.
Police arrived after Luongo-Devivo had already returned to the vehicle, and after questioning her and witnesses at the scene, it was determined that she had left her two sons locked inside the sweltering car without adequate ventilation for about six minutes, cops said.
Luongo-Devivo was placed under arrest at the scene and her children were examined but were deemed not to need medical attention. Child Protective Services (CPS) were notified of the incident, police said.
Luongo-Devivo was released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 1.
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