Cops in Southington, Connecticut arrested a mother and her acquaintance for leaving a newborn baby alone in a freezing vehicle for up to 30 minutes while they went shopping at an adult store.
26-year-old Lindsay Hoffmann and 54-year-old Marquette Riggsbee tried to enter Very Intimate Pleasures with Hoffmann’s 2-week-old son in tow. Employees informed them that they were not allowed inside with the child so they left. But…
The pair soon returned without the infant and an employee of VIP became concerned enough to go out to the parking lot and check. The baby boy was discovered inside a 1997 Nissan Sentra in a car seat wearing two onesies and covered in a blanket – police were called.
Responding officers noted that the “vehicle was not running and temperatures were below freezing” outside. Cops determined that Hoffmann and Riggsbee had been inside the store for more than 20 minutes. The baby’s core temperature was “found to be adequate but it did have cold extremities.” The child, who had been in a car seat, was transported to a hospital for evaluation.
Hoffmann and Riggsbee were both charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unsupervised.
The state Department of Children and Families was notified, took the child into temporary emergency custody and has started its own investigation… Authorities said Riggsbee is being held at the Hartford Correctional Center and Hoffmann is at the York Correctional Facility. Both are due back in court March 11.