A 36-year-old Ellicott City woman has been charged with leaving her 3 1/2 -year-old in a locked car while she shopped in Chatham Mall on Monday afternoon, Howard County police said.
Anne Vanessa Mick of the 8500 block of Autumn Harvest was arrested Monday and charged with reckless endangerment and leaving a child unattended. She was released on personal recognizance, a District Court commissioner said.
At 3:10 p.m. Monday, an off-duty officer spotted a child strapped alone in a car seat in a Honda Accord and called a uniformed officer. "The child was sweating and crying heavily," said police spokesman Sgt. Steve Keller.
Officers used tools to open the car door, took the boy out of the car seat and gave him water, Sergeant Keller said. About 10 minutes later, Ms. Mick arrived and apparently was upset that officers had entered her vehicle, police said.
Sergeant Keller said police are unsure how long the child had been left alone. It is illegal to leave a child under age 8 alone and unsupervised in a dwelling or vehicle.