PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI)-- A mother is facing charges after leaving her 1 year-old baby in a hot van.
Decontee Brooks, 28, of Providence left her child in the van for about 30 min. Friday evening while clothes shopping at the Pay Half store on Eagle St.
A passerby noticed the infant crying hysterically in his car seat, clutching a plastic dry cleaning bag in his hands, and called police.
Police arrived on scene, removed the boy from the unlocked car, attempted to cool the child with ice packs then transported him to Hasbro Children's Hospital. His temperature was recorded at 101.6 degree according to our news partners at the Providence Journal.
The child was released to the family. Brooks was taken into custody and charged with driving with a suspended license and operating an unregistered vehicle.
Police say detectives from the Youth Services Bureau are doing a child-neglect investigation and the Department of Children Youth and Families has also been asked to investigate.
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