Huntington Station Mother Arrested After Leaving 10-Month-Old Baby in Vehicle While Shopping at Target
October 5, 2014
(Long Island, NY) Suffolk County Police today arrested a Huntington Station woman after she left her 10-month-old baby boy unattended in a car while she shopped at a local store.
According to the report, a woman noticed a baby crying in a vehicle in the parking lot of Target, located at 124 East Jericho Turnpike at 2:12 p.m. The woman, with the assistance of another customer, used a car antenna to open the car and rescue the baby. The woman then called 911. When police responded, they located the baby’s mother, Tirza Artiga-Acosta, who had been shopping for approximately 30 minutes.
Tirza Artiga-Acosta, 20, of Huntington Station was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The baby was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital for evaluation. The baby was released to a family member.
Artiga-Acosta, 20, of 32 West Hills Road, Huntington Station, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and will be arraigned on a later date.
A notification was made to Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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