HUNTINGTON STATION, New York, October 9
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Cries from a 10-month-old baby boy left alone in a vehicle for approximately 30 minutes on Sunday led to the arrest of the child’s 20-year-old mother, Suffolk County police said.
Tirza Artiga-Acosta, police said, left the boy in the car while she shopped at Target on East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station.
Another woman noticed the boy crying at 2:12 p.m. and, along with another customer, used a car antenna to open the car and remove the child from the car. The woman then called 911. When police responded, they found Artiga-Acosta in the store.
The child was transported by the Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital for evaluation and was later released to a family member.
Police said the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau was informed of the incident.
Artiga-Acosta, of Huntington Station, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She is scheduled to appear in Suffolk First District Court in Central Islip on Dec. 4.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, October 9, 2014; A5)