Reporting Ileana Diaz
By Ileana Diaz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police rescued a child left alone inside a car in a Northeast Philadelphia shopping center parking lot Monday night.
Philadelphia police say the mother is in custody at the Special Victims Unit and is now facing charges.
The child was discovered around 5:45 p.m. in a parking lot located at the 9700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.
This eyewitness video shows a man who is believed to be the father holding on extra tight to this one-year-old girl. She was left inside a locked car in this Northeast Philadelphia shopping center.
“The dad came out and was yelling and crying,” said an eyewitness.
Yelling and crying because he didn’t leave her in there alone. Eyewitnesses say when the man left the car – the mother was in there too.
“He told her I’m going to go to the store and buy some stuff. And the mom, she left too,” said an eyewitness.
Leaving the one-year-old inside for what eyewitnesses believe could have been up to 45 minutes. That’s when shoppers noticed the child and called 911.
“She’s a little girl, how do you leave her inside the car?” said an eyewitness.
Once police showed up and were able to get the girl out – and into the arms of this man – the mother put up a fight and apparently got back into the car.
“The mom, she didn’t want to leave the baby,” said an eyewitness.
“He was begging the cops not to take her,” said another eyewitness.
The mother is in custody.
The child was taken to a hospital and is listed in good condition.