Deputies: Mother left son in unlocked car in Victor parking lot

Updated: 07/23/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 07/23/2014 6:50 AM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

A mother is accused of leaving her young child in the car alone. Police say she was shopping inside a jewelry store across from Eastview Mall when they found the boy inside the car.

Sheriff’s deputies were called after a family noticed the boy in the car alone. The family said the boy was so sweaty it looked like he had been in there a while. 

Phil Povero, Ontario County Sheriff, said, “She felt going in the store would not take a long period of time and did not want to disturb the child who appeared to be tired.”

On Tuesday night around 7:00 p.m., Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Alex and Ani Store in Victor for a child who appeared to be alone in a car. It was about 80 degrees outside.

Povero said, “The child was apparently at least asleep, very sweaty. The officer attempted to wake up the child. It did take some time.”

The seven-year-old boy was checked out and was okay. His mother, 41-year-old Christine Slezak, came out of the store and cooperated with police, saying she went inside to shop and did not think it would take long. Deputies say the child was left in the car for at least 30 minutes.

News10NBC went to Slezak’s home, but no one came to the door. 

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says even if you are leaving the car for a minute that is too long to leave a child alone.

Povero said, “It is too long in this type of heat. It is too long with the potential of a child exiting the vehicle and entering traffic in that section of the town of Victor. It is too long considering the child could leave the vehicle and become lost.”

Slezak was ticketed in the case. News10NBC asked why a mother arrested earlier this month for leaving her child in a car while she worked was charged and held in jail. Sheriff Povero says that is because that mother, Thelma Edwards, faces more charges, including driving her car without a license in a vehicle that she couldn't legally drive.

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