Police: 2-month-old Left in Car While Parents Watch Derby

By: AP
By: AP

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say two new parents left their baby alone in a car while they went to watch the Kentucky Derby at a Long Island 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.

Parents Krystal Rose Downes and Jhimy Alban Vintimilla were arrested on misdemeanor child-endangerment charges. They have been released until a future court date.

No telephone number could be found for the couple, and police weren't sure whether the two had a lawyer.

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