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Police: Man Leaves 2-Year-Old Daughter in 120-Degree Car While Shopping

Officers break car window to remove "lethargic" child from vehicle, police say.

Melvin Marroquin, of Maryland, was arrested Thursday. (SCPD photo)
Melvin Marroquin, of Maryland, was arrested Thursday. (SCPD photo)

A Maryland man was arrested Thursday afternoon after he left his 2-year-old daughter inside a car while he shopped at a Huntington Marshalls store, police said. 

The girl was lethargic and not speaking when she was removed from the car after officers broke the window of the 2000 Nissan Frontier in the parking lot of the Big H Shopping Center, located at 839 New York Avenue, around 12:30 p.m., police said.  

A person walking through the parking lot had called police after hearing a child crying and noticing the girl inside the car, which was not running with its windows closed at the time, police said. 

The temperature inside the car was estimated to be 120 degrees, police said. 

MORE: Another Baby Dies In Another Hot Car: How This Happens And How To Prevent It

Ten minutes after police arrived, the girl’s father, Melvin Marroquin, returned to the vehicle after shopping at Marshalls, police said. 

Marroquin, 30, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second degree reckless endangerment. He will be held overnight at the Second Precinct and arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

The girl was taken to Huntington Hospital for evaluation and will be released to her mother. Suffolk County Child Protective Services was notified of the incident, police said. 


Six Pack July 07, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Stabbing/ Murder on Wyman street over the weekend. Girlfriend arrested. That's two off the County's Dole. When is shot spotter coming to HS?
knee jerk July 07, 2014 at 10:55 AM
@PackMan: Shot spotter, for your information, would not have helped in this case. As you may have already been aware, it only recognizes gunshots and maybe an occasional backfire or bottle rocket or two. Since this was a stabbing, especially over the long 4th fireworks weekend shot spotter would not have helped, and might have only sent police scrambling off in the wrong directions.
Six Pack July 07, 2014 at 11:06 AM
I was responding to the earlier comment by G. Making them aware of an other crime in our Beautiful town. Perhaps G was not aware. Just a little community service.
CAPICU July 07, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina license plates are good spotters.
Frank Mulligan July 14, 2014 at 06:09 PM
This is HAPPENING more often. These BABIES should be their PRIOTIOTY 1. I don't even think given a PARENT. A LIFE sentence in JAIL. Will teach anyone a LESSON.

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