Mother Arrested for Leaving Her Two Young Children Unattended in Car during Heat Wave

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Suffolk County Police today arrested a woman for leaving her two young children in a locked vehicle with the windows closed in the extreme heat at a store in Commack this afternoon.

A Good Samaritan noticed the two young children in the car in the Meat Farms’ parking lot, located at 134 Commack Road at 2:59 p.m. The woman alerted a store employee who then called police. When police arrived the mother had returned to her car, and her five-year-old and one-year-old sons were both sweating profusely, with flushed faces. Investigation revealed the children were in the car without proper ventilation for approximately six minutes.

The mother, Maria Luongo-Devivo, 49, of E. Northport, was arrested and charged with two counts of Child Endangerment.

The children were checked for any health issues at the scene, but did not need further medical attention. They were released to a neighbor.

Child Protective Services was notified.

Luongo-Devivo was released on bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on August 1.

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