Six Children Left Alone in Car in the Heat

The temperature was 98 degrees when police found the children in the Stop and Shop Plaza parking lot, according to authorities.


A New Haven woman is facing charges after she allegedly left six young children alone in a car during last week's oppressive heat.

Last Thursday at about 1:30 p.m. Hamden Police got a report of several chldren left alone in a car in the parking lot at the Stop and Shop Plaza, 1245 Dixwell Ave., according to police spokesman Capt. Ronald Smith.

"Upon arrival officers found six children, ages 2 through 12, inside," Smith said. "Hamden Fire Rescue was summoned to the scene to evaluate the children. According to a local weather service, the outside temperature was 98 degrees."

Several minutes later Porseha Benjamin returned from one of the stores and told Officer Michael Pantera that she had left her children unattended for a few minutes, Smith said. 

"Porseha Benjamin was inside the local store for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. A Hamden Police Detective had to locate her and advise her to come back to the vehicle," Smith said. "Officers observed the children, three of which were strapped in a car seat, sweating profusely. Hamden Fire Rescue was subsequently summoned."

Benjamin, 32, of 73 Waybossett St., Apt. B, New Haven, was charged with six counts of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle. She was released on a written promise to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 6.

The Department of Children and Families was contacted, Smith said.



Elyse July 01, 2012 at 06:39 PM
What is WRONG with people? Leaving any living creature in a car in this heat is a recipe for disaster.
Sushi July 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM


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