Mom arrested for leaving 3-year-old in hot car

Nathalie Stonier

ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH)– A Shelton woman was arrested for leaving her 3-year-old child in a hot car while she shopped inside a Orange store Thursday morning.

News 8 went to the mother’s home in Shelton where the child was fine and running around. Her husband said he did not want to go shopping so his wife didn’t make him and left him in the car.

Police say she pulled in, went inside Trader Joe’s and left her three-year-old in the car.

“I thought it was really disgusting,” said Kathleen Lanigan, West Haven.

“The temperatures in cars get really high, really fast,” said Laurie Wade, Shelton.

“It’s no excuse,” said Alan Zankel, Trader Joe’s Customer.

Just after 11 Thursday morning, Orange police say a concerned citizen called 9-1-1 when she saw 36-year-old Nathalie Stonier leave her son.

“Maybe they were cranky. They’re taking a nap, you think you’re just going to be for a few seconds, but I don’t think it’s something that I would do.  It’s nothing I do with my children and I certainly don’t do it with my grandkids,” said Laurie Wade, Shelton.

News 8 came to the family home in Shelton, her husband came to the door, he defended his wife saying she just went into the store for a few minutes and says all of the recent cases there’s just a heightened awareness

“Why would you do that anyway? Why would you leave your child in a car never mind in the sweltering heat,” said Lanigan.

Senator Blumenthal weighed in too, after a case like this in Waterford Wednesday.

“What kind of parent leaves a child in that car. A young virtually an infant in that car for 20 minutes a 131 degrees. Unbelievable,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal/(D).

In many of these cases, it took a bystander to step up.

“I’m not surprised because I’m seeing nicer people all the time everywhere. So, we need to take care of each other,” said Jacqueline Jarvis, Derby.

“Thank God for the Good Samaritan. People need to be aware. People need to look around. You have to look around,” said Lanigan.

Stonier was charged with risk of injury and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised in a motor vehicle. She was released on a written promise to appear.

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