Long Island mother accused after her car was stolen as her 7-year-old kid slept inside

A Long Island woman is being charged with child endangerment after her car, with her 7-year-old son peacefully sleeping in the backseat, was stolen from outside a store in Riverhead on Monday, according to the police.

Around 11 p.m., a woman aged 39 stepped out of her 2016 Ford Fusion, leaving the heat on and the car engine running, as she entered the Riverhead Stationary store on East Main Street.

She left her child alone in the car.

Riverhead Town Police, Southampton Police, and New York State Police troopers collaborated in a joint effort to locate the car, which was eventually discovered approximately four miles away in Flanders.

The child in the backseat remained unharmed, still sleeping peacefully.


Despite extensive efforts by the Suffolk County Police K-9 unit, the suspect could not be located during the search of the area.

The mother got arrested for endangering the child’s well-being by leaving the child alone in the vehicle, which was running and unlocked.

The person’s identity remains undisclosed.

If you have any information about the car theft, the Riverhead Police Department is asking for your help. Please contact them at 631-727-4500.

The suspect is still on the loose.

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