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Woman Charged After Leaving Infant Alone In Vehicle At Long Island Shopping Center, Police Say

The shopping center in Oceanside.
The shopping center in Oceanside. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A woman has been charged after police say she left an infant alone inside a vehicle parked at a Long Island shopping center.

The incident happened late in the afternoon on Saturday, May 15 in Oceanside, according to police.

A 911 call was made by a witness who observed the young child who was left alone in an unattended parked vehicle in the parking lot of Old Navy, at 3555 Long Beach Road at 3:45 p.m., said police. 

Arriving officers observed the 1-year-old boy in the rear seat of a locked parked vehicle, with the front windows slightly open, said police.

Officers then dispatched an ambulance to respond to the scene and upon arrival, the child was evaluated by an NCPD Police Medic. The boy was found to be unharmed, said.

A short time later, Laura Melucci, age 42, of Lynbrook, exited the store and was placed under arrest, said police.

The child was given into the custody of a family member.

Melucci has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and is due to be arraigned in Mineola on Sunday, May 16.

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