Deputies: Child left in car for hours at Victor restaurant

Updated: 07/11/2014 5:19 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 3:05 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

A young Rochester mother is under arrest. Police say she left her four-year-old son in the car while she was working. Police say it happened in Ontario County Thursday night...

Thelma Edwards is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Police say the 22-year-old brought her son to work and left him in the car for over two hours while she was working inside the TGI Fridays.

It is situations like these that make Sheriff Phillip Povero want to get a message across.

Sheriff Phillip Povero, Ontario County, said, “We want to emphasize to people that if you have a child, do not leave the child alone for even a minute in a car. 

After last night, someone noticed a little boy pop his head up in a car in the Victor TGI Friday's parking lot.”

The car was off, but investigators couldn’t tell if the windows were down or cracked.

Sheriff Povero said, “Besides this issue with heat stroke, a young child in a parking lot in a public area could also have some disastrous results, from the child being able to get out of the car and into traffic.”

The four-year-old is fine. His mother is currently behind bars. Povero says she couldn’t find someone to look after him.

Povero said, “It appears to be consistent that there was no child care available yesterday prior to Ms. Edwards needing to go to work, which precipitated her decision to bring the child with her.”

Edwards is facing up to one year in prison. Her son remains in the custody of child protective services.

TGI Fridays statement: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this news and in no way do we tolerate this kind of negligent behavior. We are partnering closely with the local authorities on this investigation.”

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