WOMAN CONVICTED OF
LEAVING CHILDREN INSIDE CAR ON HOT SUMMER DAY
Calif.—The recent conviction of
a woman who left her two young children locked in a car parked on a Pasadena
city street on a hot summer day serves as an important reminder that the
Pasadena City Attorney/City Prosecutor’s Office will rigorously seek
convictions in similar cases.
“There is no such thing
as a quick errand when it comes to leaving kids or animals in the sweltering
heat inside a car,” Pasadena City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal
Bagneris said. “Our message is clear:
don’t leave children inside a car in the heat.”
Recently, Highland Park
resident Corina Lopez, 35, pled guilty on Aug. 5, 2014 to two counts of child
endangerment stemming from an Aug. 1, 2014 incident in which she left her two
children, ages 3 and 7, inside a car parked on the street near the Pasadena
Public Health Department. The
Department’s security guard alerted public safety officials to the situation.
Fire officials at the scene determined the temperature inside the car was over
120 degrees. Authorities got the
children to unlock the car door to free themselves prior to forcing entry into
the car. The children were checked by
paramedics who determined they were otherwise unharmed.
questioned Ms. Lopez and she was taken into custody. Later, two counts of Penal Code section
273a(a), child endangerment likely to lead to serious injury or death, one
count per child, were filed. She pled
guilty at her Aug. 5 arraignment and was sentenced to five years of probation;
120 days in county jail; mandatory year of parenting classes; pay court fines
and fees; ordered to stay away from the children completely and to obey all
orders from the Department of Children and Family Services.
time of her arrest and conviction in this case, Ms. Lopez was on probation for
conviction of driving under the influence in a January 2013 case.
said such cases in Pasadena, while rare, will not be tolerated. Her office usually files about two such cases
each year out of about 4,500 case filings.
one case is one too many when it comes to leaving children in cars on a hot
summer day,” she added. “We have a great
team of prosecutors in Pasadena and we are ready to seek the full extent of
justice in order to protect the children.”
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