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Baby left in locked car at shopping mall; mother arrested

July 26, 2012 |  8:35 am

A 25-year-old San Diego woman was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after leaving her 4-month-old daughter in a locked car while she went shopping, officials said Thursday.

Taken into custody in the parking lot outside a clothing store in National City on Wednesday was Starley Cristal Geart. The child had been in the car for about 10 minutes when police forced open a car window.

As Geart was taken to county jail, the baby was rushed to Rady Children's Hospital and then placed in protective custody by county officials.

The temperature inside the car was rapidly reaching a life-threatening level, officials said.

"She probably would have died in a few more minutes," said National City Police Sgt. Julian Villagomez.


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