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Child sat in hot vehicle as Arlington grandmother shopped: affidavit

A 2-year-old girl was left in a hot car on June 22 for almost an hour before she was pulled out, Grand Prairie police said. She was in critical condition for several days. Her grandmother was arrested Thursday and faces a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.
A 2-year-old girl was left in a hot car on June 22 for almost an hour before she was pulled out, Grand Prairie police said. She was in critical condition for several days. Her grandmother was arrested Thursday and faces a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

An Arlington woman forgot her granddaughter and shopped for almost an hour before returning to her vehicle to find the 2-year-old unresponsive, according to an affidavit.

Martiza Charles told police that the little girl fell asleep in the vehicle, causing her to “forget” her on the afternoon of June 22.

The toddler was in critical condition for several days, police said.

Charles, 60, was arrested without incident Thursday at the Grand Prairie Public Safety Building.

Charles was free Sunday after posting $10,000 bail. She could not be reached for comment.

The arrest-warrant affidavit for Charles was released Friday and gave this account of the incident:

Charles dropped off the child’s siblings at Tarrant County College at about 1 p.m. June 22. She then drove to Texas 360 and Camp Wisdom Road to go shopping. Her granddaughter, who was in a car seat in a back seat, fell asleep.

The investigation revealed that Charles made a purchase at Rue21 at 1:49 p.m., bought an item at 2:27 p.m. at Maurices and entered Ross at 2:31, leaving at 2:38 p.m.

When she left Maurices to go to Ross, Charles told police that she thought about moving her vehicle to be closer, but she decided it was close enough.

She called 911 at about 2:43 p.m. when she found her granddaughter unresponsive.

The girl was taken out of the vehicle and moved into Rue21, where paramedics administered CPR. She was taken to Medical Center of Arlington and then to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

The high temperature June 22 was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 97 degrees, and the child’s temperature recorded by paramedics was 107 degrees, according to the affidavit.

Charles faces a second-degree felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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