Mother arrested after tot found midday in locked SUV
By City News Service
Article Last Updated: 09/05/2008 12:27:04 AM PDT

VAN NUYS – The mother of a 2-year-old boy was arrested after allegedly leaving him in a locked sport utility vehicle Thursday while shopping in Van Nuys, police said.

The incident was reported at 12:50 p.m. in the parking lot of a Babies “R” Us store on Van Nuys Boulevard, Los Angeles police Sgt. Sonia Rimkunas said.

A shopper walking past a black Infiniti sport utility vehicle heard a child crying, then ran into the store and told employees to call police, KABC (Channel 7) reported.

“It was about 100 degrees out here,” Los Angeles police Sgt. Paul Hendry told Channel 7. “A situation like this is taken very seriously. Luckily there was a citizen that walked by and heard the baby crying and then reported it to the employees who phoned police.”

Inga Lvouskaya, the child’s mother, was inside Babies ‘R’ Us shopping for a gift. Police believe she had been in the store for about 20 minutes, Rimkunas said.

Police said a window was down slightly, but the boy was clearly uncomfortable. Paramedics said the baby was lethargic when they took him from the vehicle.

Lvouskaya was arrested and booked for child endangerment.

The child was taken to a hospital for observation and is now in good condition, police said.

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