A babysitter was charged Thursday with a felony count of child abuse involving a 6-year-old boy who was rescued from a sweltering car in Alhambra after she allegedly spent nearly two hours running errands and eating at a restaurant.
It was not immediately clear when Helen Siuhung Law, 60, of Alhambra, would be arraigned on the charge, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Law — who was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Alhambra police — was released on bond Thursday morning, according to jail records.
Police responded about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in connection with a report from a passerby who saw the child inside a locked car with its windows rolled up in the 700 block of East Valley Boulevard, according to Alhambra police Lt. Eddie Elizalde.
When the officers arrived, the boy was “sweating profusely and crying,” Elizalde said.
“Officers were able to get the car open and render aid to the child,” he said. “A temperature reading was taken, showing the interior of the car at 120 degrees.”
Firefighters took the boy to a hospital for treatment and evaluation, Elizalde said. An update on his condition was not immediately available.
“While the officers were investigating the whereabouts of the child’s parents, they came in contact with a female claiming she was the child’s babysitter,” Elizalde said.
“It was determined that the babysitter had left the child in the car while she ran errands and ate at a nearby restaurant. Officers were able to establish that the child was left inside the locked car for almost two hours.”
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