Police arrested a 26-year-old Elgin woman Wednesday on allegations she left her toddler son alone in a running car while she was shopping.
Olganett Perea-Agron, 26, of the 400 block of Standish Street, was charged with endangering the life or health of a child after police were called to check on the boy, almost three years old, at a store parking lot in the 300 block of South Randall Road.
Another shopper called police Wednesday afternoon after spotting the boy alone in a car seat in an SUV, reports indicate. The vehicle's engine was running and all of its doors were locked, police said.
A short time later a woman identified as Perea-Agron appeared and told police the child was her son and that she was in the store for only five minutes.
The boy was taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a throat infection, police said. He was later released to his father.
Perea-Agron posted a $100 bond and was released with a Feb. 19 court date at Elgin Branch Court. The charge against her is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2.500 fine.