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Parents leave child in car during Ky. Derby

Parents left the car running
May 4, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police say two new parents left their baby alone in a car while they went to watch the Kentucky Derby at a New York off-track betting parlor.Southampton Town police say the 2-month-old was left unattended for more than 20 minutes during Saturday's race.

Police say the mother later told officers she thought the infant was safe enough because the car's heat was on.

The car was left running in a busy parking lot outside the Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. branch in Southampton, on Long Island.

Parents Krystal Rose Downes and Jhimy Alban Vintimilla were arrested on misdemeanor child-endangerment charges. No telephone number could be found for the couple, and police weren't sure whether the two had a lawyer.


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