Woman Charged for Leaving Child in Hot Car in Harrisonburg

A Harrisonburg woman is facing child neglect and endangerment charges after she allegedly left her child in her car.

Twenty-four-year-old Socorro Benito Pacheco has been charged with felonies.

The Harrisonburg Police Department responded to a report of a child in an unattended vehicle shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say two citizens reported hearing a baby crying and found the child in the unlocked car in a shopping center parking lot on the 100 block of Carlton Street.

The 11-month-old child was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital for evaluation, but it appears as though it did suffer any life-threatening injuries.

Police say it was 89 degrees outside the vehicle when the child was removed, but the temperature inside near the child's safety seat was 118 degrees.

Officials offer some tips to keep children safe during the hot summer months.

- Never leave a child alone inside or around a vehicle, not even for one minute.

- Put something (your purse , wallet, office keys, etc.) near your child’s safety seat to remind you they are riding in the vehicle with you.

- Call 911 if you ever see a child left unattended in a vehicle. If the child is hot or sick, remove them from the vehicle as soon as possible.

- Take plenty of water and snacks with you, when traveling in a vehicle.


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