The sleeping 2-year-old was left in the locked car for about 20 minutes, police say.
NORTH CANTON A Lake Township couple was jailed Monday, accused of leaving their sleeping toddler alone in their car outside a local drugstore for about 20 minutes.
Police called to Discount Drug Mart, 1695 N. Main St., about 8 p.m. Thursday checked store video and notified Child Protective Services, said Sgt. Frank Kemp of the North Canton Police Department. Misdemeanor warrants were issued the next day, charging each parent with endangering children. (The Canton Repository does not name misdemeanor crime suspects.)
The 2-year-old girl was sleeping, was roused by police and then fell back asleep, he said, adding that officers were concerned for her safety as she had been left unattended in the locked vehicle.
The couple, who'd taken their 5-year-old child into the store with them, told police the younger child had been sleeping, that they didn't want to wake her and that they were only inside the store for a short period of time, he said.
"A 2-year-old being left alone in a car ... is not a safe thing to do," Kemp said.
According to an article in Consumer Reports dated July 31, 2016, 37 children die of heat stroke each year after being left in a hot car. "Even if it is only 70 degrees outside, a car can quickly heat to more than 120 degrees," the article states.
The temperature recorded at the Akron-Canton Airport around 8 p.m. Feb. 23 was 61 degrees, said Zach Sefcovic, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The girls' father, 27, was arrested at their home in the Uniontown area at 6:45 a.m. Monday, booked into the Stark County Jail and then released shortly after noon after he posted a $1,000 bond. The girls' mother, 25, was arrested at the North Canton Police Department about 5 p.m. Monday and released about 11:30 p.m. after also posting a $1,000 bond.
Both are expected to appear in Canton Municipal Court.
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