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PD: Peoria woman accused of leaving toddler in car while inside home sleeping

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jul 22, 2014

Authorities say a Peoria woman is facing child abuse charges after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old child in a car while she was inside her home sleeping.

Peoria police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto said neighbors reported seeing the little girl in the car parked in the suspect's driveway near 68th Avenue and Ridgeline Road.

When officers arrived to the home, they found the vehicle with the doors unlocked and the air conditioning running.

Jacinto said the child was warm, but not hot with a dirty diaper. Authorities said the child was thirsty, but otherwise in good condition.

Police said they found the child's 25-year-old mother inside the home sleeping. She reportedly told officers she did not know where her child was.

The woman was arrested for child abuse and neglect.

Jacinto said the 2-year-old is currently staying with relatives.

ABC 15 is not identifying the suspect because she has not been formally charged.