PD: Mom Left Baby In Car

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.

Tirza Artiga-Acosta
Tirza Artiga-Acosta

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)

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