Florida couple to face judge after leaving child in hot car at Home Depot, police say

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A couple who were arrested for allegedly leaving their child in a hot car while shopping at a Home Depot store in central Florida will appear before a judge on Tuesday.

Wengen Shi and Caijue Yuan will appear in Seminole County Court to face child neglect charges.

Casselberry police said last month the parents drove into the home improvement store on US Highway 17-92 south near Seminola Boulevard and left the child in the car because that he was asleep, according to an arrest report. The car was turned off, locked and the windows rolled up, police said. Officers said when they responded to the incident around 4.40pm it was around 91 degrees outside.

Shoppers in the area first noticed the car when its alarm started going off, police said. A woman walked to the car and found the boy inside trying to find a way to open the car door.

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When officers spoke with the parents, Yuan, the boy’s mother, said she believed they were inside the store for about 10 minutes, according to the arrest report.

Both parents reportedly said that “employees were taking too long” when trying to check in, police say.

The child is well and is in the custody of the Ministry of Children and Families.

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