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Mother arrested for leaving 2-year-old daughter in hot car while shopping

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Police arrested a Belle Glade woman on Monday after she left her toddler in a hot car while she shopped at the Mall at Wellington Green.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a 2-year-old girl being locked by herself inside a parked car outside of the mall.

When deputies arrived they found the girl sitting in her car seat in the middle of the back seat. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the girl was crying, sweating and appeared to be distressed.

Deputies had to break the driver’s side window and remove the girl out of the car to ensure her safety. A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crew arrived and treated the toddler at the scene.

After investigating, police said the girl had been left in the hot car for almost 25 minutes while her mother, 32-year-old Thamryes Ponce, was shopping inside the Macy’s department store.

She was arrested on a child neglect charge.