Mom Left 8-Month-Old Baby Alone in Car While She Grocery Shopped: Suffield Police

Suffield police arrested a mother suspected of leaving her 8-month-old son in a running car in 86-degree weather while she shopped at Highland Park Market in town on Sunday afternoon.

Lisa Marie Murphy, 37, of Suffield, told police that she left her baby in the car for "five minutes" as she shopped at the grocery store on Bridge Street.

Police responded to Highland Park around 4:46 p.m. on Sunday after an employee called 911 to report seeing the baby boy alone in a black Audi that was running and parked in the lot at the front of the building.

When police arrived, a grocery store employee was standing behind the car as a woman opened the driver's door. An infant was in a child seat in the back of the car.

While the air conditioner was on, the outside temperature was 86 and sun was beating down on the car, according to a news release from police.

The child wasn't injured and police placed him in the father's custody.

Murphy told police she didn't think it was a problem to leave her son in an air-conditioned, running car for such a short period of time, according to a news release from police.

Police charged her with injury or risk of injury to children and released her on a $2,500 bond.

She is scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court on Monday.

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