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Yorktown Woman Charged With Leaving Child Locked In Car

Yorktown police arrested a local woman on a child endangerment charge June 20.
Yorktown police arrested a local woman on a child endangerment charge June 20. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Yorktown police have charged a 32-year-old Yorktown resident with endangering the welfare of a child.

The arrest came about when an officer was dispatched to the parking lot of 3630 Hill Blvd. to investigate a report of a 2-year-old left unattended in a car on Monday, June 20, at approximately 1:38 p.m., police report.

A good Samaritan had reportedly broken the window of the car in an effort to free the child, according to officials.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Amanda L. Fitzsimmons, had accidentally locked her keys in the car while the child was still inside, police report.

Fitzsimmons allegedly left to retrieve a spare set of keys, leaving the child in the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes, according to officials.

While Fitzsimmons was gone, the vehicle was allegedly parked in direct sunlight with the windows closed, and the outside temperature reaching 85 degrees, causing the child to be in distress and endangering her safety, police report.

Fitzsimmons was arrested at the scene, and transported to Police Headquarters for processing; she was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, a class A misdemeanor, according to officials.

Following processing, the defendant was released on her own recognizance, police report.

She is due back in Yorktown Justice Court on Thursday, July 21, according to officials.

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