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Arizona Mom Arrested after Leaving 4-year-old Girl in Hot Car; Bystanders Called 911 to Save Distressed Girl from Excessive Heat

Arizona Mom Arrested after Leaving 4-year-old Girl in Hot Car; Bystanders Called 911 to Save Distressed Girl from Excessive Heat

An Arizona mother has been arrested for leaving her 4-year-old daughter in a hot car while she went shopping. The woman intentionally left the car off, even though it was 110 degrees outside.

A woman named Nichole Dawn Yazzie was arrested on Saturday and is now facing charges of child abuse, according to records.

A child was found inside Yazzie’s vehicle, which was parked outside a shopping center near Southern Avenue and Stapley Drive around 7:45 p.m. Two witnesses in Mesa, Arizona, noticed the child.

According to witnesses, the emergency dispatcher was informed that the young girl was left unattended in a parked car with the windows closed. The car was not operational. A child in Glendale, Arizona was observed as being visibly distressed and experiencing excessive sweating.

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders observed Yazzie leaving a store and proceeding towards the vehicle, where they then opened the right rear door.

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Authorities swiftly took the child out of the vehicle, noting that she appeared confused, pale, and lacking energy. Officials provided the child with water and noted that she eagerly reached for the drink before being placed in a police car with air conditioning. Additionally, authorities mentioned that the child was dressed in what seemed to be trousers made of cotton fabric.

Despite scorching temperatures outside, authorities have revealed that the inside of Yazzie’s vehicle soared to a staggering 129 degrees, endangering the life of a young girl trapped inside.

During police questioning, Yazzie reportedly confessed to intentionally leaving her daughter in the locked car. She explained that the child did not want to go inside the store with her. However, it has been reported that she acknowledged being aware of the excessive heat and the danger of leaving her daughter in the car.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the defendant confessed to being aware of the wrongdoing of leaving her daughter unattended inside a locked vehicle without air conditioning.

According to police, Yazzie explained that she chose not to leave the car running with the air conditioner on because she was concerned about her daughter potentially driving away.

Yazzie was taken into custody and placed in the Maricopa County Jail. Law&Crime reported that the bond of $15,000 was set for her.

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