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Child Left in Cold Car — Woman Arrested for Cruelty

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Posted: Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:57 am

A Twin Peaks resident was arrested and sent to the Central Detention Center (CDC) in San Bernardino on a charge of willful cruelty to a child who was left unattended in a vehicle for five-and-a-half hours, according to a press release from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station.

A passerby called 9-1-1 after hearing the victim crying in a parked vehicle on Dec. 20 at approximately 12:30 p.m. The child was alone. Deputy Nic Ferronato responded to the call in the 26200 block of Boulder Lane in Twin Peaks and discovered that the little girl did not have any water, and was sitting in a soiled diaper and clothing. The temperature was approximately 46 degrees and the girl was not properly dressed for the weather, according to the deputy’s report.

Ferronato requested assistance from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, which provided paramedics to check on the victim’s well-being. While fire department personnel attended to the child, Ferronato began a door-to-door check of residences in an effort to find the victim’s parents or guardians.

Several doors down from the vehicle, he located Carol Harrison, 50, a relative of the victim. Harrison had been asleep when Ferronato contacted her, and reportedly stated that she came home at approximately 7 a.m. After allegedly leaving the 17-month-old girl in the car, she apparently fell asleep on the couch.

Harrison was arrested for California Penal Code §273A(A), willful cruelty to a child. The victim was placed in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services.

Harrison is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the CDC.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should contact Deputy Ferronato at the Twin Peaks station, (909) 336-0600. Anonymous information may be left at the WeTip Hotline: 1 (800) 78-CRIME.

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