Long Island mom arrested for leaving kids in hot car

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 14:52:12-04

A Long Island mother was arrested Friday afternoon for leaving her one- and five-year-old sons locked in a car in the parking lot of a Commack grocery store.

Maria Luongo-Devivo of Northport was charged with two counts of Child Endangerment after a woman noticed two children locked in a car in the Meat Farm parking lot and alerted a store employee, who called police.


By the time the Suffolk County Police arrived, the mother had returned to the car and the children — who were both sweating heavily and had flushed faces — were removed from the car.

Investigators believe the children were left in the hot car for approximately six minutes. According to The Weather Channel, a locked car can become an oven, reaching 110 degrees in just 10 minutes when sitting in 90 degree weather.

Temperatures in the area reached highs of 88 degrees.

The children were examined at the scene by medics and were released to the custody of a neighbor after they were deemed to have no further health issues. Child Protective Services was notified.

Luongo-Devivo was released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned August 1st.