Flint woman facing charges after leaving toddler, infant in SUV - WNEM TV 5

Flint woman facing charges after leaving toddler, infant in SUV

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MUNDY TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A Flint woman is facing child neglect charges after authorities say she left her toddler and infant in a vehicle for nearly an hour.

A video circulating on Facebook shows an officer with the Metro Police Authority of Genesee County peering into a blue SUV while it’s parked outside the Secretary of State’s Office in Mundy Township.

The video has been shared more than 1,500 times. >>WARNING: Video has graphic language<<

Lt. Matt Bade said a 21-year-old Flint woman is now facing child neglect charges after investigators said she left her toddler and infant in the vehicle for at least 45 minutes with the windows up.

Bade said the incident happened about noon on Saturday, June 2 when temperatures were about 60 degrees outside.

"It only takes one time for your child to die," Det. J Diem said. "I know it was 60 degree out with clouds, but the inside of the car gets hot really fast. Especially with summer coming up."

Police said they were alerted to the situation when people called saying there were two children in distress in a locked vehicle.

"At that point, the woman admitted she went in there to get services at the Secretary of State and locked the kids in the car," Diem said.

Police said it's illegal to leave a child under the age of 6 unattended in a car. They hope this incident serves as a reminder to parents.

The children were unharmed, but Diem said the 21-year-old is now facing child neglect charges.

"So loading them up in your arms is a lot better. We do understand that most parents wouldn't knowingly put their children at risk," Diem said.

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