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Endangering charge lodged against woman who left child in car

Published: Fri, May 8, 2009 @ 1:10 p.m.

BOARDMAN — A Youngstown woman faces an endangering children charge, accused of leaving her 11-month-old daughter in a vehicle unattended in the Southern Park Mall parking lot.

Precious Goods, 22, Woodside Avenue, was lodged in the Mahoning County jail. She is to appear Tuesday in Mahoning County court.

About 4:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called to the parking lot of JCPenney at the mall on a report of an unattended child in a car. A store employee told police she was informed about the incident by a customer and then confirmed it herself.

The employee showed an officer the car, which contained the infant alone inside. The car doors were locked and the back windows were open a few inches. The baby girl was in a car seat in the back of the car, crying. The officer opened the car door to check on the child, noting she was upset but didn’t appear to need medical attention.

Police waited between 20 and 30 minutes before the mother, Goods, approached and asked what was wrong. She said the baby had been sleeping and she didn’t want to wake her so she left her in the car while she exchanged merchandise in the store.

Goods was arrested on the misdemeanor charge and Mahoning County Children’s Services took custody of the infant.

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