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1-Year-Old Girl Left Unattended in Car; Mother Arrested

Old Brookville woman charged with child endangerment Friday after leaving infant in parked car.

A 26-year-old mother was arrested for leaving her 1-year-old child unattended in a car at a Huntington shopping center Friday.

Aimee Rachlin of Old Brookville was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child in the parking lot of the Big H Shopping Center, located at 839 New York Ave. 

Suffolk County police responded to a 911 call of a small child in a 2011 Mercedes Benz at 11:10 a.m. When officers arrived, they found the girl profusely sweating in the unlocked car, according to the report.

Police say the engine was off and the windows were slightly open. The vehicle was parked in direct sunlight and she was in the car for approximately 15 minutes. 

No injuries were reported. Rachlin was released on bail and her daughter was released to the mother's custody. Child protective services were notified and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

A heat advisory has been issued for Suffolk County Friday with the heat index in Huntington expected to rise well above 100 degrees. 

kate July 30, 2011 at 08:06 PM
thanks Pam ! why did the people that say they were present state she was released at the scene w/ the child.....or did so many of us mis-understand their statements? This entire story just did not add up from the get go...plz stay on top of this story so everyone will know the outcome!
Pam Robinson July 30, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Hi, Kate, yes, our editor, Rich, is and has been all over this story. I haven't heard anyone say she was released outright and sent on her way; I see someone who was apparently there say that the baby was handed back to her but that doesn't mean she was simply let go by the police. It's not unusual for the police to ask people to come to the station, answer questions and from there get a DAT. But that is purely speculation on my part. All I know is that the court and court records, which are quite separate, say that she was arrested and is due back in court on the DAT.
Vilma August 03, 2011 at 02:15 AM
I once accidently left my neighbors cat in the back seat when I went to the movies on a hot summer day. What a terrible experience. The cat was stiff as a board the next day and my car had an awful stench. My neighbor got pretty distraught also, so i understand if people are mad at this lady.
Noreen April 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
The only one posted here who is truly interested in the best interest of the child. Somebody who undrstands the mother needs help.
Noreen April 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Extremely good point. I wonder why? There are any number of reasons, and those of us who were not there will never know any of the real circumstances. Great to think, though, that there is truly a community of people concerned about an innocent childs welfare. Point to ponder, how do we refrain from judgement and just help??

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