ALBUQUERQUE, N.Mex. (CBS Las Vegas) – Two parents have been arrested after they left their 5-year-old child in a hot truck for more than an hour in the hot New Mexico sun, reports KOAT-TV.
Albuquerque officers were called to a Home Depot parking lot after witnesses reported seeing a child locked inside a truck with the windows rolled up on a 90-degree day.
“Screaming, sweating, unsure, and very scared,” Sheena Mayorga told KOB-TV.
Police say the girl crawled out of the truck after being inside for at least an hour.
The girl told police she was ordered to stay in the truck while her parents shopped as punishment for not eating earlier in the day. She was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for dehydration and heat exposure.
Witnesses say the parents came out of the store about 45 minutes later.
Angelica Lerma-Montoya and Dulces Monge-Perez were taken into custody and are facing felony charges of child abuse with great bodily harm.
One of their daughters, 19-year-old Anna Monge, said they didn’t know the girl was in the truck and that her parents have always taken good care of their six children, ranging ages 3 months to 19 years old.
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