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Police: Infant Left in Car Results in Eastchester Arrest

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – A Yonkers man was charged with child endangerment Saturday after he told Eastchester police he forgot his infant child was in the car, police said.

Navdeep Dhaliwal, 38, was arraigned on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He was released on his own recognizance with a court date set for May 23.

According to Eastchester Police Lt. Jeffrey Hunter, police responded to a call at 7:41 p.m. Saturday when a passerby noticed an infant alone in a parked car in front of 720 White Plains Road. About 20 minutes after police arrived, Hunter said, Dhaliwal came running out of Lord & Taylor with two other children and told police he forgot he had the infant with him.

"It was an unfortunate memory lapse," Hunter said.

Hunter said a window had been left partially open and the child was not in danger of overheating.

The following incidents were also reported by Eastchester police:

Identity theft: Two instances of identity theft were reported, one Tuesday in the 140 block of Garth Road and the other Monday in the 180 block of Old Wilmot Road.

Drive off: A driver reportedly pumped $63 worth of gasoline at the Gulf station at 430 White Plains Road, then drove off without paying at 7:11 p.m. Monday.

Vehicles damaged: A Highland Avenue resident said Sunday the side window of her car had been smashed and a neighbor reported her car also being damaged a day earlier. The Saturday caller told police that children had been seen throwing rocks in the area.

Business vandalism: Police said someone reported at 8:15 p.m. Sunday a half cinder block was thrown through the window of a business at 838 Scarsdale Ave. At 8:47 p.m. Sunday, police received a report of broken glass tables and broken chairs outside a pizza restaurant at 844 Scarsdale Ave.

Unlicensed drivers: A Mount Vernon teenager was arrested at 5:54 p.m. Saturday after a traffic stop on White Plains Road and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Whitney Thomas was issued a summons and released.

Victorino Ruiz, 37, of New Rochelle was stopped at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, also on White Plains Road, and was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. She was released with a summons.

Burglary: The manager of Sedutto Ice Cream at 67 Garth Road reported at 8:03 p.m. Saturday that someone broke into the store and stole about $300 in cash. A glass pane on the lower portion of the front door had been smashed to gain entry, Hunter said, and a rear door showed signs that someone had tried to enter through the back.

Car impounded: An Eastchester woman faces a misdemeanor charge and had her car impounded May 11 after officers stopped her on White Plains Road when their license plate reader indicated the car had a suspended registration, police said. It was determined that the suspension was due to the driver's insurance having lapsed, Hunter said. Judith Mairena, 54, was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended registration and driving an uninsured vehicle. She was given a summons and released at the scene.

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