Mom Accused of Leaving 3-Year-Old in Car Due in Court

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    Orange Police Department
    Nathalie Stonier is accused of leaving her 3-year-old in a hot car while she went grocery shopping at Trader Joe's in Orange on Thursday.

    A Shelton mother accused of leaving her 3-year-old child in the car on a hot day while she went grocery shopping in Orange will appear in court today.

    Police responded to Trader Joe’s, at 550 Boston Post Road, at 11:17 a.m. on Thursday, July 3 after receiving a 911 call from someone who said a woman walked away from what she believed to be a young child alone in a car the parking lot. 

    When police arrived, they found a 3-year-old child alone in the car, police said.

    The mother, Nathalie Stonier, came out of the store when she saw police arrive and told authorities she was going grocery shopping and left the child in the car, police said. 

    Police noted that temperatures were high, but said the child was not hurt and credited this to the person who called police quickly.

    The child's father now has the child, police said.

    Stonier was charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised in a motor vehicle.

    She was released on a written promise to appear and the case has been continued to Sept. 10.

    Police said the state Department of Children and Families was notified and would be following up.  

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