Mother accused of leaving young child alone in unlocked, running car at Home Depot

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SPRINGFIELD TWP., Ohio — A Tallmadge mother was cited for child endangering after being accused of leaving her young child in an unlocked, running vehicle while at a Home Depot.

According to Springfield Township Police Department reports, it happened Nov. 22 at the store at 2811 S. Arlington Road.

Police were called to the Home Depot at around 4 p.m. for reports of a child left in a car.

When officers arrived, they were met by the manager of the store, who was watching the vehicle until officers could arrive.

Police say the car was unlocked and running. When they opened the back door, they found a 1-year-old child strapped in a car seat.

As officers were checking on the child, the mother returned to the car with another 3-year-old child. She said she left the 1-year-old in the car for just a short time because he was sleeping, and she didn’t want to wake him.

Video surveillance shows her car pulling in at 3:15 p.m. The mother returned to her vehicle at about 4:09 p.m.

A customer who saw the child in the vehicle notified police.

The mother was arrested for endangering children and was released with a summons. Summit County Children Services was notified.