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Mom arrested, left toddler in hot car with AC on, police say

October 1, 2012 |  4:19 pm

Approximate location of incident shown in  black

A mother has been arrested on suspicion of harming a child after allegedly leaving her 1-year-old daughter in her car with the air conditioning running while she dashed into a North Hollywood store, authorities said.

Los Angeles police and paramedics responded about 1:20 p.m. to the Ralphs grocery store parking lot at 10900 Magnolia Boulevard and found a baby girl inside a blue Nissan.

"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.

Humphrey said the little girl was taken to a hospital and found to be in good condition. He said an unofficial weather station in the area put the temperature at the time at 106 degrees.

LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva said the vehicle was unlocked. The child's mother was found inside the grocery store after authorities arrived and was taken into custody. She is being booked on suspicion of willful harm to a child, he said.

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Image: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.