Mocobizscene- A Long Island woman is facing child endangerment charges after her car, containing her sleeping 7-year-old son in the backseat, was stolen from outside a Riverhead store on Monday, according to police reports.
Around 11 p.m., a woman aged 39 left her 2016 Ford Fusion running with the heat on 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 their efforts to locate the vehicle, which was eventually traced to a location approximately four miles away in Flanders.
The child in the backseat remained unharmed, still peacefully sleeping. Despite an extensive search by a K-9 unit from the Suffolk County Police, the suspect could not be located in the area.
The mother was taken into custody for putting the child’s well-being at risk by leaving them alone in the running vehicle, which was 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. They are seeking any details or tips that could lead to identifying the individuals responsible for this crime. If you have any knowledge or saw anything suspicious, please contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500.
The suspect is still on the run.
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