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Mother Leaves Child in Car Arrested on Child Abuse Charges

According to Tolleson Police Spokesman Sergeant Obed Gaytan, thirty-three-year-old (33) Sandra Holguin was arrested on suspicion of child abuse for leaving her two-year-old (2) daughter, Marlene Vega, in her vehicle while she shopped at K-Mart.  The incident occurred on Friday evening at the K-Mart on 86th Drive and McDowell Road. While Ms. Holguin was inside the store, several shoppers noticed the Child in the vehicle and notified Kmart employee Daniel Guerrero.  Mr. Guerrero told Officers that when he went to the parking lot several people were talking to the Child and trying to get her out of the vehicle. Mr. Guerrero said the Child was crying and saying she was hot.  Ms. Holguin did not return to her vehicle for approximately forty (40) minutes as Police were arriving at the scene.  Police removed the Child from the car, placed her inside an air conditioned patrol car and gave her cold water to drink.  Police said the Child did not require further medical treatment. Ms. Holguin told Police she left her daughter in the vehicle because she was asleep.  She also told Police that she cracked the windows and covered her daughter with a jacket to shield her from the sun because she knew it was hot outside.

According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-3623, a person who “Under circumstances likely to produce death or serious physical injury” either (1) causes a child to suffer physical injury; (2) causes or permits the child to be injured; or (3) causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation where the child’s health is endangered may be found guilty of a Class 2, Class 3 or Class 4 felony depending on whether the person acted intentionally, recklessly or negligently. Under Arizona law, the penalties for child abuse vary depending on the severity of the charge and may result in mandatory imprisonment of ten (10) to twenty-four (24) years.

If you have been arrested for child abuse, contact the Phoenix child abuse lawyers at Oracle Law Group for assistance with your child abuse case.