A Lehigh Acres woman who authorities say left two children and two pets in a scorching hot vehicle while she received a salon facial is under arrest.
Lee County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Shoppes at Plantation Drive off Daniels Parkway about 3 p.m. Saturday after a citizen noticed the children - a boy and girl ages 6 and 7 - sitting in a non-running vehicle with the windows rolled up in the intense afternoon heat. The children displayed symptoms of heat stress and were immediately transported to the hospital.
The high Saturday was 93 degrees, but with a heat index in the triple digits, as high as 106 degrees in the afternoon, it felt even hotter. In a car, those temperatures rise to dangerous levels within minutes.
An investigation shows the baby sitter, Dayana Cardenas, 22, a relative of the children, left them and the pets in a running vehicle when she went to the salon. She had been in the salon for approximately 45 minutes when the discovery was made. She was arrested and charged with culpable negligence.
Cardenas, 3303 Fourth St. W., told deputies she left the vehicle running with the air conditioning on. When the children were found, the key in the ignition was still in the “on” position, but the vehicle had stopped running. Authorities say it’s unknown how long the children and pets were in the vehicle after it had stopped running.
The pets also displayed symptoms of heat stress and were turned over to Lee County Animal Services. The children were treated and were later released from the hospital.
I hate stupid and selfish people like this. THrow her in a hot car for 45 mins and get back to her.