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Washington mom charged after leaving son in hot car

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A Beaufort County mother faces charges after deputies say she left her 6 month old son in her car while she went into a store.

It happened Saturday evening at the Handy Mart at 2020 Hwy 17 North in New Bern. Deputies say Kayla Rae Perez De Jesus left the back to windows to her vehicle up while she went in the store. The Sheriff’s Office tells us an off duty investigator noticed the child in the rear passenger seat, locked in a car seat, crying and sweating. The mother had two additional children with her inside of the store.

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Perez De Jesus was arrested in Beaufort County and given a $1,000 unsecured bond. Deputies tell us she was charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony because the circumstances didn’t meet the criteria for that charge. Beaufort County Department of Social Services is also investigating.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents and caregivers to not leave children alone in a car, no matter the circumstances. It takes only ten minutes for the inside of a car to heat up by 20 degrees and it continues to heat up quickly even if the windows are cracked.

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