Mother charged after child left in hot car

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Lexington police have arrested the mother of a child who was left in a locked car outside a retail store.

A county prosecutor, Brian Mattone, told the Lexington Herald-Leader he is trying to determine if the retailer -- Bed, Bath And Beyond -- can be held liable under state law for refusing to call police.

The child's mother, 37-year-old Tanuja R. Patel, was charged Saturday with felony wanton endangerment and released on bond. It wasn't immediately known whether she had an attorney.

A couple had spotted the 3-year-old boy and asked workers at the store to call police. The couple say the store refused so they called on their own.

Lexington officer Tommy Puckett arrived and said the store manager told him that is against policy to get involved with matters in the company parking lot.

A spokeswoman for Bed, Bath And Beyond did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday afternoon.


(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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