An 18-year-old woman arrested for allegedly leaving a 2-week-old daughter and 1-year-old son in a car outside a Cudahy store amid 92-degree heat was facing possible charges today.
Someone noticed the children in a parking lot in the 7900 block of Atlantic Avenue about 12:30 p.m. Saturday and alerted deputies assigned to the sheriff's East Los Angeles station who got them out of the car, which was estimated to be 10-15 degrees warmer than the outside temperature.
The car had a partially open rear window, deputies said.
Arely Amaya was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment when she returned to the car, according to sheriff's Lt. Daniel Lopez.
Deputies estimated the children had been alone in the car for 20-25 minutes. They were taken to Saint Francis Medical Center in Lynwood to be checked out but apparently OK.
It was unclear if the children were in the custody of county child welfare authorities today, still hospitalized or turned over to relatives. The mother was being held in lieu of $105,000 bail.