• April 13, 2024

Mother Of 3 Leaves Children Locked In Hot Car At Arizona State Fair

A New Mexico woman was arrested Oct. 18 in Phoenix, Arizona, after leaving her three children in a car while at the Arizona State Fair.

The children — two boys ages 1 and 3, as well as a 6-year-old girl — were found inside of a vehicle parked in the fairground parking lot by the Department of Public Safety (DPS), KPHO reported. The vehicle, which was not running, was locked with the windows rolled up. The girl was able to open the door, and officers removed all three children.

“The children’s skin was warm/hot to the touch,” the police report read, according to KPHO. The temperature outside was 87 degrees. The children were taken to a first aid station on the fairgrounds and assessed.

 Their mother, 28-year-old Colleen Manuelito, told authorities that her ex-boyfriend was to blame for her children being left in the car, according to court paperwork cited by KPHO. Manuelito said that she visited the fair to purchase a t-shirt and left her children with her ex in the car.

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