A 27-year-old woman was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday after she allegedly left her 2-year-old toddler inside her car and fled the scene of a crash. According to NBC Los Angeles, the woman, later identified as Elizabeth Robles, was traveling in her car along with her 2-year-old toddler when she crashed the vehicle into a water hydrant. According to reports, the car, a white four-door sedan crashed against a water hydrant at around 1:30 a.m., local time on Saturday near the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Van Nuys Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. The impact of the crash sheared the hydrant and caused water to gush out onto the street, flooding it. The impact of the crash also caused parts of the hydrant to fly away and shatter the glass of a nearby establishment.
According to KTLA, it took several hours for authorities to clean up the roadway. It took more than six hours to clean up the sidewalk as well. No one was injured in the crash — including the people who were inside the car.
After the crash, Elizabeth, who police say was under the influence of alcohol, took off from the scene without taking her toddler with her. The crash was not very serious but officers responding to the incident were shocked to discover a child, barely 2-years-old, crying inside the crashed car. It remains unclear if Elizabeth intentionally left her baby inside the vehicle, or if she was too drunk to have noticed the child moments after the crash. Officers investigating the incident added that there were no other vehicles involved in the crash.
After the toddler was found inside the abandoned car, he was comforted by responding officers who also bottle fed the child before he was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. There, doctors confirmed that the toddler had not sustained injuries of any kind.
It took only a few hours to locate Elizabeth, who was found by the officers in her home nearly three miles away from the crash scene. She was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Elizabeth is also facing charges related to child endangerment, the report added.
An investigation is still underway. Meanwhile, the toddler has been released to the Department of Child and Family Services.
This is not the first time we have heard of parents leaving their child in the most unexpected of ways. recently, another California mother was featured in a video that showed her shopping while her baby was left alone inside her car. We have embedded it below.
Apart from this, another case involving a toddler was reported earlier this week when a child from Mississippi was found dead inside a car near a daycare center.
ABC News: Mississippi Toddler Dies After Being Left in Her Mom’s Car https://t.co/5u7QEhvUcg
— UK World News (@ukworldnews) May 12, 2016
Mississippi toddler dies after being left in her mom’s car https://t.co/sFNgTeDAjS pic.twitter.com/bl6Kurcd5t
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) May 12, 2016
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