A Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested on child endangering charges after leaving his girlfriend’s 1-year-old child alone in a car at the Chapel Hill Mall.
The girl, who was found sweating and her hair matted with sweat, was treated Thursday night at Akron Children’s Hospital. When her mother failed to come to the hospital after two hours, the child was released to the temporary custody of Summit County Children’s Services, police said.
Christopher Judge, 27, was being held in the Summit County Jail on the endangering charge.
According to police, officers were called to the mall by a passerby about 5:30 p.m. when the child was seen inside the car. Officers say the child was in a car seat and the window next to her was open about three inches. The other windows were closed and the doors were locked, police said.
Judge exited the mall while paramedics were treating the girl. He told police he was gone “only 30 minutes” while shopping for earrings and eating a cookie.
Officers eventually arrested Judge, who is identified as the mother’s boyfriend. Judge is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday in Akron Municipal Court.
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