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Medina Township police: Mother charged for baby left in hot car

  • Faith-Prochaska

    Faith Prochaska, 31, of Spencer Township, was charged with child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor, after she allegedly left her baby in a hot car.

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MEDINA TWP. — Police charged a Spencer Township mother Tuesday with child endangering after she allegedly left her baby in a hot car.

Faith-Prochaska

Faith Prochaska, 31, of Spencer Township, was charged with child endangering, a first-degree misdemeanor, after she allegedly left her baby in a hot car.

PHOTO PROVIDED Enlarge

Faith Prochaska, 31, of the 6500 block of Firestone Road, Spencer, was charged with the first-degree misdemeanor after parking at JoAnn Fabrics, 5005 Grande Blvd., with her baby locked in her car.

Temperatures were around 85 degrees Tuesday.

Medina Township police responded to a call at JoAnn Fabrics at 2:57 p.m. Tuesday. Upon arrival, an officer saw the baby’s foot sticking out from under a blanket and broke out the car window, with assistance of the Medina Fire Department. The 13-month-old girl was treated by Medina Life Support Team.

Prochaska was shopping in the store. She was charged and taken to Medina County Jail where she was released on her own recognizance. The child was turned over to a grandparent, according to a news release from the Medina Township Police Department.

Her arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 24 in Medina Municipal Court. She was asked not to leave the state while the case is pending, according to court records.

Leaving a baby in a locked car in warm weather can have tragic outcomes.

A Lodi man is currently facing a felony charge in connection to the death of his 6-month-old daughter after a similar incident on July 14.

Christopher L. Stewart, 22, of the 8100 block of Harris Road, was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on a third-degree felony endangering children charge.

Police said they responded to a call at about 2:15 p.m. about an infant in a vehicle at Ray Mellert Park, 331 N. Huntington St. Police Chief Ed Kinney previously said the infant was in the car between two and 2 ᄑ hours before being discovered.

Bystanders administrated first aid to the infant at the park before she was taken to Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The preliminary cause of death is heat-related.

Temperatures hovered near 90 degrees that day, according to the National Weather Service.

Stewart is due back in court today for a plea change hearing.



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