Over the weekend, Suffolk County Police arrested a 20-year-old woman on allegations she left her 10-month-old baby boy unattended in a car while she went shopping.
According to police a woman noticed the infant crying in a vehicle in the Target parking lot at 124 East Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station. The woman, with the assistance of another customer, used a car antenna to open the car and rescue the baby. The woman then called police.
When police responded they located the baby’s mother, Tirza Artiga-Acosta, who had been shopping for approximately 30 minutes, police said.
The baby was transported by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital for evaluation and was eventually released to a family member.
Artiga-Acosta is being charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and will be arraigned on a later date. Police also state tat a notification was made to the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Bureau.