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Mom could face charges after allegedly leaving child in hot car

October 2, 2012 |  8:00 am

A mother could face charges after allegedly leaving her 1-year-old daughter in a car with the air conditioning on while the woman ran into a North Hollywood store, authorities said.

Los Angeles police and paramedics went to the parking lot of a Ralphs grocery store at 10900 Magnolia Boulevard about 1:20 p.m. Monday and found the infant inside a blue Nissan, officials said.

"Though air conditioning was running, the vehicle interior was not cooling," said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Whether air conditioning is on or not, it is against California law to leave a child unattended in a vehicle, Humphrey said. He said the little girl was taken to a hospital and found to be in good condition.

An unofficial weather station in the area put the temperature at the time at 106 degrees, Humphrey said.

LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva said the vehicle was unlocked. The child's mother, Jessica Palma-Gomez, 26, was found inside the grocery store after authorities arrived and was taken into custody, officials said.

She was booked on suspicion of willful harm to a child, Villanueva said.


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