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Police: Grandmother left 5-year-old in hot car for hours


A Pennsylvania woman is facing charges after allegedly leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter in a hot car for three hours, police said.

Investigators said Virginia McFayden of Glassport went to work in downtown Pittsburgh last Monday, leaving the young girl inside the car.

>> GEORGIA: Dad facing charges after good Samaritan saves baby from hot car

Authorities told WPXI-TV – Pittsburgh that a passer-by saw the child inside the vehicle around 8 p.m. When the witness walked back about 10 minutes later, the child was still inside, so she called 911, police said.

According to police, McFayden told officers she was in a hurry to get to work, and she thought the child had gone back inside her house. She said she got a number of things out of the back seat but never saw her granddaughter.

>> RELATED: String of child deaths in hot cars reveals need for change

Police said McFayden is facing endangering the welfare of a child charges.

WPXI reached out to get McFayden’s side of the story on Monday, but a man at her house said she wasn’t home.

>> GEORGIA: Focus shifts to mother of toddler in hot car death

“Never. There’s no excuse (for this) whatsoever,” said a woman who lives on McFayden’s street.

WPXI consulted emergency room doctors at Allegheny General Hospital who know all about hot cars and children.

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“When a routine is broken, that’s when these problems tend to occur,” Dr. Rade Vukmir said.



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