Groton grandparents charged with felony after leaving child in car

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH)–What would you do if you saw a child left in a hot car on hot day?

That’s becoming a question people are facing often as caregivers continue to leave kids behind in vehicles in the scorching heat. It happened again on Monday, this time in Groton, as police say the victim is an 8 year old boy, left in a car by grandparents Ambiorix and Maria Rondon.

The grandparents are both charged with felony counts of risk of injury to a minor, and also leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

Sources told News 8 that the boy was left by his grandparents while they went shopping at a Goodwill store in the city. A passerby noticed and called police, saying the boy had been the car some 15 minutes, but officers on scene said it was almost an hour.

Though the temperature in Groton was in the upper 70’s on Monday, police said the temperature in the car got as hot as a 114 degrees.

Some parents told News 8 that older children often choose to stay in the car instead of going into a store.

Although police aren’t saying that was the case in this situation, they do say that no matter what the circumstances are, you’ll end up in jail if police believe you left a child in a hot car.

Police said the boy was in good condition and didn’t need medical treatment. He’s been returned to his parents.

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